Penn State Updates: Board of Trustees action

Penn State Updates: Board of Trustees meeting

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s board is adding a new trustee to the group handling its search for the university’s next president. The board announced Friday that first-year trustee Bill Oldsey, who is part of a group pushing for changes in how the organization operates, is joining the group that will recommend someone.

 

The Centre Daily Times reports the announcement drew cheers and applause from the people watching the trustees’ meeting. Penn State is looking for someone to succeed President Rodney Erickson, who plans to retire next year. A statement issued by the school says Oldsey’s appointment gives a voice to trustees elected after the search group was formed last year.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The former U.S. senator brought in to monitor changes at Penn State says it should keep doing what it’s been doing, and that a further loosening of NCAA sanctions is possible next year. Pennlive.com reported athletics integrity monitor George Mitchell briefly addressed university trustees Friday, saying the school needs to maintain the quality of effort it has been demonstrating.

 

At Mitchell’s recommendation, the NCAA in September decided to more quickly restore football scholarships taken away temporarily last year as part of a consent decree. The NCAA took action against the university over the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Mitchell didn’t tell the trustees which other penalties might be reduced. Penn State is paying a $60 million fine and serving a multi-year ban on postseason play.

 

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