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Eric J. Barron
Dr. Eric J. Barron became the 14th president of Florida State University on Feb. 1, 2010.
In the past three years, he has led his alma mater to new heights as a dynamic, elite research institution with a central focus on being one of the most student-centered universities in the country.
While directing Florida State’s rise to a U.S. News & World Report ranking as the most efficiently operated university in the nation, he worked with Florida policymakers to have FSU named one of two pre-eminent universities in the state. His goal now is to use this new designation and accompanying funding to move the school into the Top 25 quality rankings.
He has spearheaded efforts to serve students, such as the construction of the new Honors, Scholars and Fellows House and establishment of a new Veterans Center and numerous initiatives to assist student-veterans as they transition to academic life.
He currently is overseeing FSU’s $1 billion capital campaign, leveraging existing strengths to develop innovative, interdisciplinary programs that will attract support, such as using the outstanding College of Business to create an entrepreneurial university across the entire campus to ensure graduates are career ready.
A highly visible scientist, Dr. Barron is a 1973 FSU alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Miami.
Prior to assuming the Florida State presidency, he served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. From 2006 to 2008, he was dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. At Pennsylvania State University, he was professor of geosciences, director of the Earth System Science Center, director of the EMS Environmental Institute and dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Dr. Barron is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the Geological Society of America. He has received many national awards as a scholar, researcher and distinguished lecturer, has published extensively and has been editor or a member of the editorial boards of a dozen academic journals. He has testified before Congress and chaired numerous committees in service to the federal government.
A native of Lafayette, Ind., Barron and his wife, Molly, have two grown children and one grandchild.