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Eric Barron Takes Charge at Penn State

by on May 12, 2014 3:45 PM

A changing of the guard at Penn State has passed with little fanfare.

Eric Barron has quietly replaced Rodney Erickson as the university's president.

Barron, the university's 18th president, released a "welcome message" as he took office. The taped message is short and sweet, lasting just 20 seconds. Barron says it's great to be back and he can't wait to get to know everyone.

The new guy comes to Penn State after a stint as president of Florida State University.

He was appointed Penn State president on Feb. 17, during a special meeting of the university's board of trustees.

President Barron is no stranger to University Park. He was a Penn State faculty member from 1986 to 2006. He was dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences for four years.

Barron has also served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas-Austin.

An Indiana native, Barron earned a bachelor of science degree in geology from Florida State University. He also has a master's and Ph.D in oceanography from the University of Miami.

Barron and his wife, Molly, will live in Schreyer House on the University Park campus. The couple has two grown children, Emily and James.

You can watch President Barron's welcome message below:

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