Eric Barron to head Florida State University

On December 11, UCAR announced that Eric Barron will step down as NCAR director to assume the presidency of Florida State University.

"While it is difficult to leave NCAR, I am extremely gratified and honored to return to my alma mater and serve as its next president," says Eric, who received a B.S. in geology from FSU in 1973.

Eric took over as NCAR director in July 2008. He came from the University of Texas-Austin, where he was dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences and held the Jackson Chair in Earth System Science. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, and prior to that he served as an associate professor at the University of Miami.

"In his brief tenure at NCAR, Eric has made a large positive impact," says Rick Anthes, UCAR president. "He has begun a number of significant initiatives that will continue to guide the future of this organization at a critical time for weather and climate research. We are sorry to lose him, but thank him for the thoughtful leadership and ability to build consensus that will also serve him well in the leadership position at Florida State."