PSU approves president search, plus McQueary’s whistleblower case

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State trustees have approved the process to find a new president and an athletics code of conduct required by the NCAA as part of the penalties for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The university also received encouraging news Friday after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education lifted its accreditation warning and reaffirmed the school was in compliance with the agency’s governance, finance and integrity standards.  The presidential search begins immediately, with the goal to find Rodney Erickson’s replacement by next November. Erickson plans to step down in 2014.

The school’s legal counsel said the code of conduct simply re-affirms current university guidelines, even if mandated by the NCAA.  Trustees during public comment also heard from six people critical of the board’s handling of the scandal and sanctions.

 

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – A judge plans to rule within two weeks onPennState’s request to delay the whistleblower and defamation case filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary.  Judge Thomas Gavin’s ruling comes after a brief hearing Friday at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.  The university wants the case delayed until after the January criminal trial of two former university officials.

McQueary’s lawyer says the case should get started while the charges against former school President Graham Spanier, ex-athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz proceed.

They are charged over their handling of abuse complaints involving convicted ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.  Meanwhile, another Centre County judge has delayed post-trial arguments inSandusky’s sex-abuse case until January, after both sides file briefs next month.