Auditor general recommends changes for Penn State's board of trustees
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State trustees said they'll weigh the state auditor general's recommendations that the university's governing structure be changed upon the child molestation scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Trustees began two days of regularly scheduled meetings on Thursday. Auditor General Jack Wagner's recommendations, released Wednesday, included the removal of the university president as a voting trustee.
Trustee James Broadhurst said leaders spoke briefly with Wagner by phone before he released his report.
“There's obviously a lot more information there,” he said. “A lot more we need to address and talk about.”
Wagner, in his conversation with trustees, highlighted several points, including taking away the vote of the university president, Broadhurst said. The other main points, as Broadhurst relayed to a trustees committee meeting, were to make the governor a nonvoting member, increase the number needed for a voting quorum from 13 to a majority of members and fully extend the Right-to-Know Law to Penn State and the other three state-related institutions of Lincoln, Pitt and Temple.
Wagner told reporters his suggested changes might not have prevented what occurred with Sandusky. Still, Wagner called for “real and substantive reform.”
Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. He's serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.Criminal charges are pending against the university's then-president, Graham Spanier, and other former high-ranking university officials accused of helping to cover up abuse complaints.
Trustees chairwoman Karen Peetz said the board is awaiting recommendations from the Faculty Senate.
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