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Florida State University Trustees to Hold Emergency Meeting as Barron Accepts Penn State Gig

by on February 17, 2014 3:26 PM

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to determine FSU's process for replacing the university's president, Eric Barron.

Penn State University's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Barron as the 18th president of the university on Monday afternoon. Barron has served as the 14th president of Florida State since February 2010.

"Eric has become one of the top university presidents in the nation," Allan Bense, chair of Florida State University's Board of Trustees, said in a prepared statement Tuesday. "I know that he has been approached by several major universities recently and has declined to be interviewed. While this is a great loss for the state of Florida and Florida State University, this is also a tremendous opportunity for Eric. He leaves this university in very good shape, and we certainly wish him well as he moves on to this new challenge."

Barron released a letter to the FSU community Tuesday in which he said of his alma mater, "I am very proud of my university and its progress over the last four years. And so, I find myself ready for the next challenge."

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes says Barron leaves FSU a position to continue its goal to become one of the nation's top universities.

"President Barron has been an exceptional leader for Florida State, and Penn State has made an excellent choice in selecting him as their next president," said "Eric and (his wife) Molly will be deeply missed by our university and throughout the Tallahassee community."

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