PSU President Eric Barron talks up university in capital, ducks campus controversies


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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Penn State's new president talked about the university's importance to Pennsylvania's economy, but steered clear of the controversies swirling around the school.

Eric Barron was the featured speaker Monday at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg.

Barron, who took over as president of Pennsylvania's largest university in February, declined to take sides in an ongoing dispute on the size and composition of the Penn State board of trustees.

He also stayed out of a dispute over whether trustees should order a review of an internal investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh into events surrounding the child sex abuse conviction of Jerry Sandusky.

In his speech, Barron said he wants to find ways to connect students and their research to prospective mentors in the world outside the university.

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