Eric Barron, Penn State's next president. Patrick Mansell/PSU.edu hide caption toggle caption Patrick Mansell/PSU.edu The Two-Way Penn State Picks New President: Florida State's Eric Barron February 17, 2014 The school is turning to an experienced administrator. Barron has been president of Florida State since 2010. Before that, he was a dean at Penn State. He takes over a school still recovering from the 2011 scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys.