Penn State names university’s next president

Penn State President Rodney Erickson (left) welcomes Eric J. Barron (right) after he is unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Erickson will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
Penn State President Rodney Erickson (left) welcomes Eric J. Barron (right) after he is unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Erickson will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Florida State President Eric Barron will be the next president of Pennsylvania’s largest university.

Penn State trustees unanimously approved the selection of Barron at a special meeting Monday in State College. Barron is a former professor and dean at Penn State.

He will be paid $800,000 a year, with an additional $200,000 retention payment. He will start in May and succeed Rodney Erickson, who is retiring.

Barron shocked FSU trustees Saturday by publicly talking about leaving the school in a newspaper interview in Florida. He worked at Penn State for 20 years, including four as dean of its College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Barron’s selection culminates a 15-month search process.

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