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Newly Elected Trustee Proposes Board 'Finish' Investigation Freeh Started

by on July 11, 2014 5:10 PM

A newly elected Penn State trustee wants the full board to "finish" the investigation the Louis Freeh firm conducted regarding how the university handled the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

At his first meeting as a board member, Al Lord, former CEO of Sallie Mae, read a resolution that would have the board reexamine the independent investigation the university paid for in 2012.

Penn State hired Freeh, former FBI director, to investigate the handling of the Sandusky scandal. After Freeh's report found significant wrongdoing on the part of the university, the NCAA leveled unprecedented sanctions against Penn State's football program. The sanctions included a reduction in football scholarships, a ban on bowl appearances, and the vacating of 111 wins under Paterno.

The university also fired head football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier. Spanier and two other former administrators are currently awaiting trial for allegedly covering up the Sandusky abuse, some of which occurred on campus.

Lord says Freeh's investigation "drew conclusions unsupported by evidence." He also criticized Freeh for not interviewing key witnesses, such as Mike McQueary, former Penn State coach and eyewitness to some of the abuse.

"That means it's not finished," says Lord.

Board member Anthony Lubrano, who supports the resolution, says, "Ultimately we are looking for repudiation of the conclusions reached."

The board did not take action on the measure as university General Counsel Stephen Dunham says it's a legal matter that should be discussed privately in executive session before any vote. The board is expected to take up the matter at its September meeting.

Read Lord's entire resolution HERE.

Alumni elected Lord to the board in May. He was one of three candidates backed by Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS). A goal of PS4RS is to remove board members "who were responsible for the mishandling of the university's role in and response to the Jerry Sandusky saga," according to the group's mission statement.

Lord read the resolution to the board at the end of Friday's public meeting held at the Penn State-Schuylkill campus in Schuylkill Haven.

Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison. In 2012, a jury found him guilty on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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