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Frazier, Tomalis to Lead Penn State's Special Investigative Committee; 'Full Accountability' Sought

on November 11, 2011 12:08 PM

Penn State trustees Ken Frazier and Ron Tomalis will lead a special investigative committee looking into the child-sex-abuse and cover-up allegations at the university, board Chairman Steve Garban announced Friday morning.

"There will be full accountability for those found responsible," Garban said a public board meeting.

University trustees announced earlier this week that they would appoint the special internal committee, a response to the criminal charges filed against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and former university administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.

On Friday, Garban said the committee will include a large portion of the 32-member trustees board, along with a number of Penn State students, employees and alumni. The complete composition of the board has yet to be announced.

Garban reiterated Friday the board's earlier statements that the special committee's work will not be limited in scope. It will have all resources at its disposal to "undertake a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the grand-jury report" issued Saturday, he said.

Frazier, the president and CEO of Merck and Co. Inc., and Tomalis, the Pennsylvania education secretary, will hold a committee-organizing meeting Friday afternoon, Garban said.

Frazier, addressing the board, said the committee will do "everything in our power" and deliver "the best indication that we've looked at everything, talked to everyone, looked at all the documents we can."

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He said the committee also will employ special counsel to help "get to the bottom of these matters." The committee's findings will be returned to the full trustees board, officials said.

Frazier, a Philadelphia native, was educated at Penn State and Harvard Law School.

Garban, in closing the board meeting Friday, said that Penn State is "dedicated to protecting those who are placed in our care" and to "restoring public trust in our university."

A number of expected meeting-agenda items were removed Friday, as the university board focused in large part on situation surrounding the alleged child sex abuse. Trustees also received a regular report on enrollment trends.

The meeting, which normally runs several hours, ran fewer than two on Friday. Upon its conclusion, trustee Joel Myers called on Penn Staters to applaud the Nebraska football team when it appears Saturday in Beaver Stadium.

The University of Nebraska team will play the Penn State Nittany Lions. Myers said it's time to "try to set a new standard of sportsmanship here at Penn State starting tomorrow and going forward."

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