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Penn State Presidential Search

Eric J. Barron


Penn State Names Eric J. Barron President, Effective May 12

The 18th president of Penn State has been named by the University's Board of Trustees. Eric J. Barron, a former dean at Penn State and current leader of Florida State University, will begin as Penn State's next president on May 12, 2014. Read more »

Selection Process

After President Rodney Erickson announced that he intends to retire no later than June 30, 2014, a Trustee Presidential Selection Council and a University Presidential Search and Screen Committee both were named to start a search for a new President.

"The search for a new President is one of the most significant instances of shared governance in the life of a university and we are committed to an inclusive process that involves an encompassing collection of individuals." — Presidential Selection Council Chairwoman Karen Peetz

The selection of the Penn State President has been fostering participation from the University's extended community. In November 2012, the Blue and White Vision Council was established and produced a report identifying key strategic challenges and opportunities facing the University over the next several years. The University Presidential Search and Screen Committee, which represents the university community, then publicized the position, with the help of the executive search firm.

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