FSU head Eric Barron could become president of Penn State

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Florida State University President Eric Barron could be moving back up to Pennsylvania to assume the presidency of Penn State, writes Lynn Hatter at WFSU.org.

Penn State’s news website Onward State is reporting that they have confirmed from two people “directly involved with the situation” that the FSU leader will be Penn State’s next president.

The official word will come Monday at noon during a regularly scheduled press conference after meeting to evaluate candidates and choose a new leader.

Penn State trustees expect to approve the hiring before making the official announcement.

Current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who announced he would step down by June 1, may move up the retirement.

Penn State representatives would not confirm the changes. Unlike Florida, presidential searches at Pennsylvania’s public universities are closed to the public.

The meeting will stream online through WPSU.org, Penn State’s public radio station, Hatter reports.

With the departure of Barron, Florida State University would be the third public university in the state to search for a leader this year—joining Florida Atlantic University and Florida A&M University, who named new presidents in the past 12 months.

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