Penn State names FSU's Barron its new president

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. He later served as dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin

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