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Penn State Board of Trustees to Consider Freeh Report in Special Meeting

by on October 21, 2014 6:10 AM

The Penn State Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting next week to take a new look at a thorny issue -- what to do about the Freeh Report -- if anything.

According to a confidential memo obtained by StateCollege.com, board members will be discussing "the resolution presented by Trustee Lord."

Lord's resolution, first delivered at a board meeting in July, asks trustees to take a fresh look at the Freeh Report. The board of trustees hired Louis Freeh to examine Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Sandusky, a former assistant coach at Penn State, was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse. He is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison.

Freeh delivered a scathing assessment of Penn State's leadership when his report was released on July 12, 2012. Freeh, the former director of the FBI, said that top Penn State administrators, including football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."

However, the Freeh Report has itself come under some scrutiny. Critics claim the investigation by Freeh's law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, is incomplete, in part, because many of the key players, including Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier, were never interviewed.

At the board's last meeting on Sept. 19, trustees met in executive session. At the time, trustee Anthony Lubrano told Onward State there was a "very open, civil conversation" concerning Lord's resolution.

This time around, Lubrano tells StateCollege.com the board is looking for compromise language. "However," he says, "we have been unsuccessful thus far. I fully expect the meeting to result in an open, public discussion about the Freeh report that heretofore has been lacking."

The board of trustees is scheduled to discuss the Freeh Report in executive session on Oct. 28 from 10-11 a.m. The meeting will take place in the boardroom at the Nittany Lion Inn. A public meeting will be held from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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