A PSU-ReBOT Press Release
The Penn State Board of Trustees released a "report" on the (new) "Open" PSU website. It offers no new insights in defense of the Board's November 9, 2011 decision to remove President Graham Spanier and Football Coach Joe Paterno. In fact, given Joe Paterno's recent passing, the release is hurtful to a grieving Paterno family. We thought we'd support the Paterno's and point out where leadership is really lacking at Penn State.
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2012
Contact: Maggie Harlacher
Penn Staters Reforming the Board of Trustees Release
RE: Report of the BoT concerning Nov. 9 decisions
Penn Staters Reforming the Board of Trustees (PSU-ReBOT) is disappointed by yesterday’s release from the Penn State Board of Trustees, again defending their unanimous actions of November 9, 2011. Since nothing new was presented, it is simply a repeat of previous statements and insensitive to a grieving Paterno family.
It is clear that their decisions were a rush to judgment and based on a Pennsylvania Grand Jury Presentment. This Grand Jury Report is a summary of the prosecutor's version of events and is neither a full representation of the facts, nor the final verdict of a jury trial. Relying on this document, the Board of Trustees claims to have “reasonably inferred that [Joe Paterno] did not call police”. In fact, Joe Paterno reported the incident to Mr. Curley, his supervisor, the very next day. As a result of this reporting and at Mr. Paterno’s specific request, Mr. Schultz was called to a meeting between Mr. Curley and Joe Paterno. Mr. Schultz was, at that time, the acting head of the University Police Department (a force of 46 full-time, armed officers which, by Pennsylvania State Statute, has the same authority as any municipal force). So the Board inferred incorrectly. Joe Paterno insisted the incident be reported to the police.
The Board of Trustees states that Joe Paterno was removed for “a failure of leadership”. Instead, the failure of leadership rests with the Penn State Board of Trustees. The Board, relying on non-factual evidence, jumped to erroneous conclusions and rushed to judgment, without offering any form of due process for Joe Paterno or Graham Spanier. Their lack of leadership, combined with their media silence, is arguably the reason why the “Sandusky Scandal” turned into the “Penn State Scandal”.
PSU-ReBOT is a grassroots organization of more than 2,000 alumni, students, faculty and friends of Penn State. We are not affiliated with the Penn State University. Leading reform, our mission is to amend the University Charter, established by statute, which will change the structure and functioning of the Board of Trustees. We believe addressing these and other aspects of the Charter will result in more effective, responsive, and transparent governance of our University.