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Florida State Unveils Statue Of Penn State President Eric Barron

A Penn Stater got a statue last week. But not THE statue.

Florida State unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of current Penn State President Eric Barron last Wednesday, according to a press release from the university.

“If we look around, Dr. Barron’s legacy is everywhere,” John Thrasher, the current President of Florida State, said in a release. “The statue we are about to unveil ensures that future generations will know about his contributions to the university.”

Barron and his wife, Molly, were in Tallahassee to attend the statue’s unveiling. The life-sized statue depicts Barron sitting, and it’s located just outside Florida State’s new Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science building to commemorate Barron’s work in making the building a reality.

During his term as the university’s president from 2010-2014, Barron launched the project that led to the building’s construction. Thrasher responded by commissioning the statue after taking Barron’s former position in 2014. Additionally Barron also played an integral role in creating the university’s Student Veterans’ Center. The center supports any students who served in the military before enrolling at Florida State.

“I may not be here, but I spend a lot of time watching,” Barron said in a release. “And I just can’t tell you how proud I am of what this university has been doing.”

The statue was created by Florida State’s in-house Master Craftsman Studio, which was created in 1999. Former university president T.K. Wetherell began Florida State’s tradition of commissioning a statue for the previous university president, and Barron’s is the latest to be officially unveiled in Tallahasse.

Here’s hoping this statue holds up better than a certain, other beautiful bronze man…one whose location the inspiration of this one could potentially know a thing or two about.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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