Penn State Updates: Erickson and Sandusky in the news


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Attendees of a Penn State forum to solicit input on the search for the university’s next president said Friday they wanted a leader committed to strengthening education and keeping tuition affordable. Others also said they wanted a leader who can openly communicate with the surrounding community. Friday’s gathering was part of a series of open forums to get opinions from faculty, staff and students about what attributes the next president should possess. Penn State hired executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to help find the successor for Rodney Erickson, who plans to retire by June 2014. Representatives from the firm led a discussion with about 20 participants Friday. Erickson took over in November 2011 after Graham Spanier left under pressure days following the arrest of retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – NBC says it will air an interview with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week. The network said the segment will be broadcast Monday on the “Today” show. NBC says the convicted sex offender will give his account of the encounters that landed him in prison and discuss former boss Joe Paterno. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. NBC says Sandusky also will also talk about Mike McQueary, a then-graduate assistant who told Paterno in 2001 he’d seen Sandusky showering with a young boy in a football locker room. McQueary is pursuing a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. Calls to Sandusky’s lawyers and a prison system spokeswoman weren’t immediately returned on Friday.


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