Florida State Seminoles’ president Eric Barron left to take the same job with the Penn State Nittany Lions over the weekend.
Barron was Florida State’s president for four years and did an excellent job in raising the Seminoles’ academic standing and it didn’t hurt that his school’s football program won the national championship this season.
Barron’s move to Penn State came as chock to many, but it probably shouldn’t have.
Barron is a former Penn State professor and spent 20 years working for the university. He also received a significant pay raise to make the move.
Barron did, however, earn a degree from Florida State.
According to the Associated Press, Penn State wanted a president who knows the importance of athletics.
In Barron, Penn State is getting an administrator who understands just how important athletic success is to a university.
“I really want successful athletic programs because it’s the front door. It’s absolutely the front door to your university,” he was quoted as saying by USA Today in June 2013.
The move means Penn State has finally replaced Rodney Erickson, who will retire in June. Erickson became president when the school forced former president Graham Spanier out after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke.