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Newly hired Penn State president, returning to campus where he once taught, received warmly

  • Eric Barron, left, answers questions from the media after being unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Barron replaces current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

  • Eric Barron, answers questions from the media after being unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Barron replaces current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

  • Eric Barron, left, answers questions from the media after being unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Barron replaces current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

  • Eric Barron, speaks to the media after being unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Barron replaces current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

  • Eric Barron, left, answers questions from the media after being unanimously voted in to become the University's 18th president, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Barron replaces current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who will retire this summer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

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.