A quick glance at Eric Barron


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Eric J. Barron

President-elect, Penn State University

Date starts: On or before May 12, 2014

Term of office: Through June 30, 2019

Pay: Annual salary of $800,000, with $200,000 transition payment and other possible bonuses later, culminating in a $1 million “completion payment”

Age: 62

Education: B.S. in geology, 1973, Florida State University; M.S. and Ph.D. in 1976 and 1980, respectively, both from the University of Miami in oceanography.

Post he is leaving: president, Florida State University since Feb. 1, 2010

Previous roles at Penn State: director, Earth System Science Center, 1986-2002; director, EMS Environment Institute, 1998-2002; dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 2002-06; also professor of geosciences

Other jobs: various scientific posts at National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., 1980-85; associate professor, University of Miami, 1985-86; dean, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-08; director, NCAR, 2008-10

Personal: Wife, Molly, and two grown children. Native of Lafayette, Ind.



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