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Part of his job as Penn State University's new president is, in his words, "to make sure the pot is not stirred."

Eric Barron on Monday stayed true to that motto.

Speaking at the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg, Barron steered clear of weighing in on many of the controversial issues involving the university, focusing instead on laying out his vision of the role the university can play in bolstering the state's economy.

Barron declined to discuss whether he believed the university's board of trustees should be restructured or reduced in size; or whether there should be a review of an internal investigation into the university's handling of the child sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

After his speech, Barron was asked whether he believes the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal should be reviewed.

His answer: "This is my general view in life: if you're doing well, you should be rewarded. So if we are sitting there with what I think is the best compliance and sports ethics program in the nation, Penn State should be rewarded for that."

He added: "But I won't go further than that."

Barron stopped short of calling for reducing the sanctions.

Earlier this month, Penn State's board of trustees voted 19-8 in favor of a litigation settlement proposal that essentially binds the university to comply with the NCAA sanctions, including the payment of $60 million in fines.


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