Wednesday, February 17, 2010, marked two very special occasions for FSU: the University’s annual Heritage Day celebration, and the “passing of the torches” as T.K. Wetherell officially recognized his successor, FSU’s 14th President, Eric J. Barron, in a public investiture ceremony.

With the lighting of the University's three emblematic torches: Vires, Artes, and Mores, the Collegians, led by Professor Larry Gerber, welcomed The Florida State University’s 2nd alumni president with the Hymn to the Garnet and Gold. The ensuing celebration was filled with lively entertainment provided by the College of Music and members of the Flying High Circus. In addition to the Collegians, Seminole Sound, the athletic pep band led by David Plack, and members of the always popular “Mas’n’Steel” were on hand to provide a warm and enthusiastic welcome to the University's new President.

Former director for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Co., Barron brings to the University a wealth of academic and administrative experience. Prior to joining the NCAR, Barron served as dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences (University of Texas at Austin), and before that as professor of geosciences, director of the Earth System Science Center, director of the EMS Environment Institute, and finally Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University.

The College of Music is pleased to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to the new President, who describes himself as "an ardent supporter and advocate for the full spectrum of excellence in the arts and humanities, sciences, law, business and medicine."