Penn State President Rodney A. Erickson is retiring after more than three decades at Penn State.
Rod and Shari Erickson have been fixtures in the University community for nearly four decades. Rod Erickson spent all but four years of his professional career at Penn State, starting as an assistant professor in 1977.
Rodney A. Erickson has always valued his interactions with students. He said, "The University is a career opportunity where you really have a chance to change people's lives — it doesn't get any better than that."
Penn State President Rodney Erickson toured the Titan scanning/transmission electron microscope facility at the Materials Research Institute on the University Park campus on March 26, 2013. Facility coordinator Trevor Clark explained the cutting-edge enhancements the instrument will provide researchers in the world of nanoscale science at Penn State. Go tohttp://www.mri.psu.edu/news/2012/fei_titan/ for more information.
Rod Erickson, executive vice president and provost, joined Madlyn Hanes, CEO of Penn State Great Valley, for a brief ride in an earth-moving machine at the construction site for the campus' Conference Center in 2001.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson, right, greeted Penn State students at their off-campus house in downtown State College during the annual Living in One Neighborhood (LION) Walk on Aug. 29, 2013. University and borough officials, along with Penn State student volunteers, visited several downtown neighborhoods and provided information packets that included tips on how to be a respectful neighbor.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson regularly spoke at Faculty Senate meetings.
In front of a packed crowd of open house attendees, Rodney Erickson, then executive vice president and provost of the University, in 2009 officially cut the ribbon to open the doors of Penn State's new Social, Life and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center in Chandlee Laboratory on the University Park campus. Throughout his career, Erickson has been a strong advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Tom Poole, vice president for administration, left, Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, joined the thousands of students and other members of the Penn State community for a candlelight vigil on the Old Main steps on Friday evening, Nov. 11, 2011.
Biology graduate Victoria Rosenberger shakes hands with Penn State President Rodney Erickson during afternoon commencement ceremonies Dec. 17, 2011, in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Erickson estimates he's shaken more than 80,000 graduates' hands during the years that he was dean, vice president, provost and president.
Talia East gets a high-five from Penn State President Rodney Erickson as she comes off the court in first-half action in the Lady Lion basketball game vs. Ohio State on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Erickson was an honorary coach for the game, which the Lady Lions won 84-66 to clinch the Big Ten regular season title.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson, left, signed volumes of the 2012 LA VIE, the Penn State yearbook, at the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus.
David Rusenko, left, CEO of the San Francisco firm Weebly and alumnus of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, met with Penn State President Rodney Erickson following the presentation of Rusenko's $400,000 gift to establish the David Rusenko Scholarship for Entrepreneurship at a reception on April 13, 2012, at Schreyer House on the University Park campus. The scholarship will help IST students to launch their own companies while they are still in school.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson donned a helmet for the April 20, 2012, groundbreaking ceremony for the Pegula Ice Arena on the University Park campus.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson welcomed visitors to his office in Old Main during an open house held in 2012. Guests were welcomed by Lion Ambassadors and could tour the President's Office and visit the Old Main Bell Tower.
Rod Erickson relaxes while on vacation in Italy. In retirement, he and his wife, Shari, plan to do a lot of traveling, including a return trip to Italy.