A phenomenon of the post-Jerry Sandusky era at Penn State has gained new strength: Slates of candidates—resembling political parties—joining together for seats on the university’s board of trustees. The Patriot-News reports on the latest entry, Upward State:
NewsWorks reports: “A Pennsylvania judge is granting former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s request to put on hold his defamation civil lawsuit against former FBI director Louis Freeh and Freeh’s law firm. Judge Jonathan Grine on Tuesday issued a stay in the case, citing as a factor the criminal charges that Spanier faces for an alleged cover-up of complaints about retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.” Spanier’s testimony in the civil case might jeopardize his right not to testify in the criminal proceedings again him.
The Inquirer reports that Philly D.A. Seth Williams is running for a seat on the Penn State Board of Trustees. “Elected last fall to his second four-year term as D.A., Williams acknowledged his Philadelphia job is time-consuming. But he is undeterred by the time and travel he would have to put in as an unpaid trustee of the State College-based school. The board holds two days of meetings at least a half-dozen times a year, and there are additional sessions, such as last week’s meeting to hire a new president. ‘They say if you want something to get done, give it to a busy person,’ Williams said.” There are three open seats on the 32-member board.
AP reports: “More than 700 Penn State students raised a record $13.3 million for a children’s hospital by spending the weekend awake and dancing in a 46-hour marathon. The event is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Students dance – and remain upright – on the floor of the school’s Bryce Jordan Center to raise money for the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.”
USA Today reports: “Florida State University president Eric Barron will take over as the head of Pennsylvania State University in May, Penn State’s trustees announced Monday.”
Barron, 62, a former Penn State professor and dean, will succeed Rodney Erickson, who replaced Graham Spanier in 2011 after a child sexual abuse scandal rocked the campus. Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Spanier, who was forced out of the presidency, was charged in an alleged cover-up. A trial date for Spanier and two other former administrators who were accused of a criminal cover-up has not been scheduled. Erickson plans to retire in June.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports: “The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether Pennsylvania State University’s handling of allegations of sexual violence committed by students or staff members is in compliance with federal law, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.”