"In Eric Barron, we have found a president who is energetic, innovative, and dedicated to maximizing the potential of our great institution. Dr. Barron has a track record as an accomplished educator, a highly respected researcher, an effective administrator, and an internationally recognized scholar. It is clear that Eric Barron is not only familiar with our University, but also has the experience and knowledge to lead us forward, continuing our path of excellence."—Keith Masser, Chairman, Board of Trustees
"On behalf of the Penn State Alumni Association, I am thrilled with the choice of Dr. Barron. He has the right mix of vision, scholarship, fiscal management, and Penn State spirit."—Kathleen Arnold Smarilli, Immediate Past President, Penn State Alumni Association
"Eric Barron is about academic excellence and ensuring that students have access to a high-quality education. Our committee was quite taken by his intellectual depth, his wisdom, his integrity, and his wry, self-deprecating sense of humor. I couldn't be more pleased that someone who will lead with both heart and head will be the next President of Penn State."—Ann C. (Nan) Crouter, Search Committee Chairwoman; Dean, College of Health and Human Development
"As one of three students on the Search and Screen Committee, I feel privileged to be a part of this collaborative process and to voice my support for Dr. Barron. I was greatly impressed with his commitment to student concerns, especially the affordability and accessibility of higher education. I'm confident that he will work with student organizations for the betterment of Penn State."—Katelyn Mullen, President, University Park Undergraduate Association; Senior, Supply Chain and Information Systems
"This is certainly a pivotal time in the history of Penn State, and Eric Barron is the eminent leader that our University needs to take us to the next level of academic excellence and national prominence. Dr. Barron has remarkable experience in so many facets of higher education and within the communities of which he has been a part. He has demonstrated strengths in fiscal matters, strategic planning, leadership, and communication, and his track record for partnering with the community is stellar."—Karen Peetz, Penn State Trustee; Chair, Trustee Presidential Selection Council
"The appointment of Eric Barron as the next President of Penn State is wonderful news because of his strong support for education, research, and faculty.
An award winning teacher, Dr. Barron has been an innovative leader, providing undergraduate students with superior curricular and extracurricular experiences. He also has been a major force in supporting research and graduate education. At his core, Dr. Barron is a faculty member, and an advocate for faculty development, rights, and diversity. I am speaking firsthand of Eric Barron's talents and devotion to Penn State, having worked for him for nearly twenty years in Penn State's Earth System Science Center and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences."
—Brenton Yarnal, Chair, University Faculty Senate; Professor of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
"Eric Barron is a leader who will help realize the very best of this institution, and successfully lead Penn State into the future. I have known Eric for twenty-eight years, and can unequivocally say that he is a person of the highest integrity. He has strong academic values; he loves working with students; he's an excellent problem solver; he is committed to the land-grant mission; and he knows how to make the most of the resources he has available.
Eric has always been an enthusiastic and supportive voice for Penn State, and he has my unqualified support as he takes on this crucial role at this historic moment."—Rodney A. Erickson, President, Penn State
"As a member of the Staff Advisory Council, I have been proud to represent staff interests on a number of occasions, and at no time has it been more rewarding than during this search process. Everyone came together with one unified goal and enthusiastic support for Dr. Barron. It was clear he understands the concerns of staff, and places high importance on a collegial environment, fiscal responsibility, and a supportive workplace. He is an outstanding choice, and I greatly look forward to the future with Dr. Barron as Penn State's 18th president."—Tim Whitehill, Applications System Analyst Manager, University Budget Office
"I have been deeply impressed by Dr. Barron. He has nearly thirty-five years of experience in academic administration, education, research, and public service, as well as fiscal management within large and complex organizations. I am certain he is the right person to advance Penn State's core missions of teaching, research, and service.
I believe that Dr. Barron will be an outstanding president and a wonderful collaborator and friend to Penn State alumni everywhere."—David Han, Past President, Penn State Alumni Association; Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology, Penn State College of Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center