UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – At its Feb. 17 meeting, Penn State’s Board of Trustees named Eric J. Barron the University’s 18th president. The former dean at Penn State and current leader of Florida State University sits down with veteran host Patty Satalia for an exclusive interview on a special episode of ‘Conversations from Penn State.’
The episode will air at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It will repeat on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. The show can also be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu online.
The interview also will air as part of the radio series ‘Take Note’ on WPSU-FM at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Barron discusses with Satalia his vision for Penn State’s future, his student-centered philosophy and his priorities as president-elect.
“My No. 1 priority is to learn as much as I possibly can about what Penn State is like today,” said Barron in the conversation.
Barron, who brings with him nearly 35 years of experience in academic administration and education, is no stranger to the University. From 1986 to 2006, Barron served in various positions at Penn State, including professor of geosciences, director of the Earth System Science Center, director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Environmental Institute and dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
A native of Lafayette, Ind., Barron received a bachelor of science degree in geology from Florida State University, a master's degree and doctorate, both in oceanography, from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He has served as the president of Florida State University in Tallahassee since 2010.
Barron will assume responsibilities for presidency on May 12, 2014.
‘Conversations from Penn State,’ with Satalia at the helm, offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field, drawing national and worldwide attention.