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Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Just as it seems that there can be no more shocking news to emanate from Penn State University than that which has emerged over the past two years, the public is hit with the bombshell that disgraced former PSU President Graham Spanier was the highest-paid college president in the United States within his last year of service, making off with a stunning $2.9 million compensation package, this provided by an institution that has sought to keep the public in the dark about all significant expenditures.

A university that can afford to pay a king's ransom such as this is one that is not in need of public money or deserving of its tax exemption, and an individual who could abscond with student tuition and taxpayer dollars to the tune of $2.9 million is one whose character and integrity are nil. The payday for Spanier is all the more unseemly in light of the panoply of criminal charges of which he stands accused and the very real possibility that he allowed a child rapist to operate unfettered so the school and its exalted football program would not suffer any adverse publicity.

Graham Spanier has provided another striking example to demonstrate that one need not work in the private sector to become fabulously wealthy. He and those who agreed to provide him with compensation that is about seventy times the average weekly wage in Pennsylvania should be ashamed.

Oren M. Spiegler

Upper St. Clair

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