TALLAHASSEE — Penn State University is expected to name Florida State University president Eric Barron to the same position on Monday, according to media reports.
Barron, who has been president of FSU since Feb. 1, 2010, would be taking on one of the highest-profile presidencies in the nation at a school that continues to re-establish its reputation following a child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
A press conference at the State College, Pa., school is planned for Monday, after a special Penn State Board of Trustees meeting. The meeting and press conference will be streamed live on the Web. Penn State did not return requests for comment Friday.
FSU Board of Trustees Chairman Allan Bense said in a statement there has been "no official communication" about a move, but added, "If it is true that Dr. Barron is leaving, it will be a great loss for Florida State University."
The Penn State trustees have been searching for a new president for about a year, according to the Centre Daily Times in State College. The paper is among the news organizations citing unnamed sources to confirm Barron's hiring.