- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Saturday called Penn State’s next president the “right person for the job” who brings a strong track record as a financial manager.

Eric Barron will be returning to Penn State from Florida State, where he has been president for four years.

“I think he’s going to do a good job. I think he’s the right person for the job,” Corbett said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Governors Association meeting.

The governor said the university had “turned the page” from the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and had learned from the experience.

He said Barron had “dealt with some issues Florida State had with the NCAA and he’s also known for making Florida State more financially efficient and I think that’s something Penn State has to do.”

Corbett said early in the process he urged the school’s board of trustees to act quickly in making the selection. The search process took 15 months.

But he said he had yet to talk to Barron about his hiring and looked forward to meeting with him soon.

“It took longer than I would have like to have seen but maybe they got somebody they wouldn’t have gotten if they had done it faster,” he said.

Barron will lead an institution with 98,000 students at 20 campuses and more than half a million alumni. The university has sought to address the legacy of longtime football coach Joe Paterno, whose statue was removed from outside the football stadium soon after Sandusky’s conviction in 2012.

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