Next Penn State president draws warm reception

February 18, 2014
STATE COLLEGE (AP) Penn State's trustees aren't disguising their satisfaction after naming one of the school's former administrators to become its next president.

The board voted unanimously on Monday to hire Florida State University president Eric Barron to lead the university after more than two years of turmoil following the arrest of former longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges.

The 62-year-old Barron returns to where he worked for two decades, including four as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Outgoing Penn State president Rodney Erickson calls Barron "a person of the highest integrity."

Michael Poliakoff with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni says Barron is a good choice, but he's critical of his $1 million annual pay package and calls the selection process flawed.

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