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Penn State Expected to Formally Remove Schultz's Name from Child Care Center

by on September 14, 2017 10:17 AM

On Sept. 23, 2011, Penn State officially dedicated the Gary Schultz Child Care Center at Hort Woods, named in honor of the then-senior vice president of finance and business.

Six weeks later, Schultz, along with athletic director Tim Curley, was charged for his handling of a report about Jerry Sandusky with a boy in a locker room shower. Sandusky would be convicted of 45 counts related to child sexual abuse in June 2012, and after a protracted legal battle, Schultz and Curley pleaded guilty in March to one count each of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Though Schultz's name doesn't appear anywhere on the building or in common usage, the center is still formally named for him. 

That's set to change.

Penn State's Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning on Thursday approved a recommendation to rename the facility simply “The Child Care Center at Hort Woods." Committee member Anthony Lubrano voted against the name change.

It will be voted on at the board's full meeting on Friday.

The board approved naming the child care center after Schultz in 2010 while it was still under construction. After the Sandusky scandal broke in 2011, signage bearing the name was removed, though university officials indicated at the time it was not done by the university and possibly an act of vandalism

The board was initially set to consider a formal name change five years ago at its September 2012 meeting, following the release of the university-commissioned Freeh report earlier that summer. Schultz's attorney, Tom Farrell, sent a letter to the board asking that it delay the decision until Schultz went to trial, which at the time was scheduled for January 2013.

"The renaming of the child care center will unfairly and precipitously paint Gary as guilty before trial," Farrell wrote. "Deferring your decision for the few short months until the verdict in Gary's trial will not harm the university or its constituents."

Years passed before the case was resolved, though. After reaching the plea agreement in March, Schultz was sentenced to at least two months in jail followed by at least four months of house arrest.

Schultz began serving his sentence in the Centre County Correctional Facility on July 15, but his incarceration appears to have ended a few days early.

According to jail records, Schultz, 68, was paroled on Sept. 7.

Curley was sentenced to at least three months in jail and is still in custody. Former President Graham Spanier went to trial and was convicted of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment.  He was sentenced to two months in jail but is free while he appeals his conviction.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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