Penn State Updates: New prez selection Monday

Penn State Update: New prez selection Monday

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State trustees will meet early next week to consider hiring a president to replace the administrator who has led the school since shortly after ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges. The university said Friday the trustees would meet in State College on Monday.

According to, sources have confirmed that Penn State’s next president will be Eric J. Barron, president of Florida State University. He was formerly the dean of PSU’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and has master’s and doctoral degress from the University of Miami and is a native of Lafayette, Ind.

The announcement did not say who was being considered to replace Rodney Erickson. Erickson was named to the top job in November 2011, after Sandusky was arrested, two administrators were accused of a criminal cover-up, and then-president Graham Spanier was forced out after voicing strong support for his aides.

Spanier was later charged in the alleged cover-up. Erickson plans to retire by June. Sandusky is in prison on child sexual abuse convictions. The three ex-administrators haven’t yet been tried. All deny wrongdoing. (AP)


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A Penn State alumnus says he’s raised more than $15,000 of his $50,000 goal to fund legal efforts to obtain records pertaining to the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal. Ryan Bagwell also plans to use the money for other open records requests, so the school will become more transparent in the future.


The 2002 Penn State graduate tells the Centre Daily Times he’s raised $15,215 from 191 donors. Bagwell won an appeals court decision that he’s entitled to see communications between Penn State’s board of trustees and one of its members – Ronald Tomalis – who was state secretary of education at the time. The state Office of Open Records has since been reviewing which records Bagwell is entitled to see. Bagwell is seeking other records in a second lawsuit.


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