In spring, Eric Barron takes over the job of president of Penn State. Currently he is president of Florida State University but he had previously been a faculty member at Penn State. So, yes, he knows the university.
It will be Barron's mission to bring the institution beyond the child-sex scandal. In addition, he will have to unite the factions who were pro and con about cutting loose legendary football coach Joe Paterno. Here is The Wall Street Journal's account of this appointment.
The spotlight will be on him as to how quickly and how solidly he can restore the Penn State brand to its elite status. Not only was it a leader in football. It was also known for its excellence in academics. If he succeeds, case studies will be published everywhere from the Harvard Business Review to Odwyerpr.com. If he is moving too slowly, the university might decide to buy out his five-year contract and go with a leader more adept at branding.
Meanwhile the president who had served during Jerry Sandusky's abuses of children Graham Spanier has pleaded not guilty to perjury and other counts. Prosecutors claim he lied to a grand jury. He had been replaced in 2011 by Rodney Erickson who will retire in the spring.