Spanier, Paterno Are Both Out

November 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm 7 comments

The Penn State Board of Trustees met tonight and has just made a momentous announcement:

“The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and Graham Spanier have decided that, effective immediately, Dr. Spanier is no longer president of the University.

“Additionally, the board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately.

“The board has named Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost, as the interim president of the University. Tom Bradley, assistant coach, has been named interim head football coach.”

Trustees chair Steve Garban ’59 and vice-chair John Surma ’76 fielded questions at a packed news conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center tonight. The above statement is already on live.psu.edu, where we hope more details will be available later.

Tina Hay, editor

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Another Unbelievable Day Hearts Are Breaking

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Galen Reeder, '86 BSME  |  November 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I am absolutely appalled by the actions taken by the Board of Trustees in the firing of Coach Paterno. He has given so much–including his life–to the University. Now for the Trustees to throw him out based on a media frenzy is unbelievable. According to what is published, Paterno did what he was legally obligated to do. In addition, he announced his retirement. Firing Paterno is wrong for the university, the football program and for the man who has been the face of Penn State for 46 years. A great man once said, “the man without sin should cast the first stone.” Sandusky may be guilty, the courts will decide this and his penalty. However, Paterno should not be judged and penalized for the actions of someone not even on the staff. I have lost tremendous pride in Penn State with these actions tonight–more than I lost over struggling with the reports of the last three days. For the Glory of Joe.

  • 2. Judy Deflin Weller  |  November 10, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? To me, this entire situation sounds like an irresponsible, madcap witch hunt. Pedophilia is horrible beyond words, but so are these wild, impulsive actions of the Penn State Board of Trustees. Let’s calm down, take a deep breath, and think this through.

  • 3. Anonymous  |  November 10, 2011 at 1:16 am

    The gutless wonders of the university board, caving to political correctness and a media frenzy, have lost me forever. I cannot believe how completely they have thrown JoePa under the bus. All hail the media witchhunt.

  • 4. Anonymous  |  November 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

    It is disgusting what my university has done to Joe. I will never donate another dime to Penn State.

  • 5. Anonymous  |  November 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

    We have the largest Almuni Assn in the country. Why are we not hearing from you?? Why didn’t Joe hear anything from you? It appears you are there for PSU fundraising but not when we need your support. Shame on you.

  • 6. sadalum90  |  November 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Please relieve Mike McQueary of his duties as well. He may not have had malicious intentions but he failed to report what only he saw. He failed to protect a child and for that he should not be the face of Penn State.

  • 7. Paul A. Sundell  |  November 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    As an alumni at Penn State, we need to make sure that a management structure is created that minimizes the possibility of a repeat of the horrible revelations of last two weeks. Public support of a University is vital to its success and Penn State must earn back the high level of public trust that it had.

    We need to create more openness and transparency at the University with effective checks and balances to prevent the nonreporting of major crimes by Penn State employees. We need clawback provisions that can lead to loss of pensions and salaries beginning at the point of time that failure to report major crimes to the proper authorities including the police occurred. We need strong whistle blower protection laws so a Michael McQueary is more likely to do the right thing and report the transgression to the police with reduced fear of possible retaliation by his superiors.

    Finally we must make sure that compensation and pension levels for management at PSU are not excessive. The extreme compensation levels of upper management at corporations has violated the public trust by taking funds that rightly belong to others in the firm most notably stock and bondholders, and other employees. We must make sure similar charges cannot be leveled at Penn. State top management. We must avoid charges of corruption in similar state compensation and pension packages since state taxpayer funding is the major source of outside funds to most public universities.

    When one reads that Mr. Schultz has a $331,000 annual pension from Penn State it undermines public support. Clearly, through a combination of an extremely generous pension plan and very high salary compensation such an extreme pension was generated that will be a high burden for Pennsylvania tax payers. One can debate the rightness of Graham Spanier’s $800,000 annual compensation package. He may well have generated an additional $800,000 a year in increased revenue and additional expense savings for PSU. However, when both fail to report to the police very solid evidence of a major crime they greatly magnify a scandal, violate public trust, create additional lawsuits, and reduce state and public support for the University. For this, some of their past earnings and pensions should be subject to forfeiture. In the future, willingness to agree to clawback provisions should be a condition for employment at Penn. State, especially for upper management.

    A Penn. Stater who wants more openness and a return to high honor for Penn State.

    Paul A. Sundell 77 81g 89g

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