Presidential candidate interviews available on webcast

The Florida State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee has completed its Interviews of presidential candidates. Archived webcasts of the interviews are available at

The Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m., at the Alumni Center Ballroom to consider the recommendations of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee as well as other campus constituent groups.

The candidates interviewed were:

  • Kevin S. Bedell — vice provost for research (2006-present) and John H. Rourke Professor of Physics (1999-present), Boston College. Formerly served as an adjunct faculty member in the Florida State University Department of Physics (1991-1995). Has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 1993.
  • Eric J. Barron — director, National Center for Atmospheric Research (2008-present). Previously served as dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin (2006-2008); dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University (2002-2006); and professor of geosciences, Pennsylvania State University. (1989); Received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Florida State in 1973.
  • Steven Leath — vice president for research and sponsored programs, University of North Carolina (2007-present). Previously served as associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University System (2005-2007); interim associate dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University (2003-2005); and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (2003-2007).

For more information on the presidential search, see