Friday, October 19, 2012

Advisory Group on Freeh Group Recommendation Implementation

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This from Penn State Live on the establishment of a University wide Freeh Group Recommendation Implementation Committee:

Advisory group named to oversee movement on Freeh recommendations

Penn State has established a 10-member advisory council, comprised of a wide range of individuals from across the University, to provide input and feedback as Penn State administrators and the Board of Trustees work through the 119 recommendations in a July report issued by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

The Freeh Report, commissioned by the University as part of an independent investigation related to the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, recommends changes designed to strengthen policies and performance at Penn State in areas such as safety; reporting misconduct; and governance. To date, one-third of the recommendations have been completed. University officials hope to implement the changes Freeh recommended by the end of next year following a thorough evaluation, or to offer reasons why they would not implement changes.

An invitation from Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz was sent to representatives from the student body, the Faculty Senate, the Academic Leadership Council (deans and campus chancellors), staff, Intercollegiate Athletics and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The following individuals have agreed to serve on the Freeh Advisory Council:

Larry C. Backer, chair, University Faculty Senate and professor of law; Linda Caldwell, NCAA faculty representative and professor of recreation, parks and tourism management and human development and family studies; Ann Crouter, dean, College of Health and Human Development; Charmelle Green, associate director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Crystal Hubler, chair, University Staff Advisory Council; Courtney Lennartz, president, University Park Undergraduate Association; Jonathan M. Light, president, Teamsters Local Union No. 8; John May, chief compliance officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; David Rench, vice president of external affairs, Graduate Student Association; and Karen Wiley Sandler, chancellor, Penn State Abington.

The council, which is also charged with ensuring open communication and providing greater transparency to the University, will meet on an ongoing basis to provide additional guidance as recommendations are considered and implemented. Each of the recommendations has been assigned to one or more individuals within the University administration for review, analysis and possible implementation. For a complete update of status and actions Penn State has taken based on the Freeh recommendations, go to


  1. A careful review of the Freeh report is the first order of business. The recommendations should be tabled until a review of the deeply flawed and poorly supported report. The upcoming perjury trials may invalidate everything in Freeh.

  2. Per Google search response for Penn State University the entity is described as a “public research university”. As such, synonyms for research include analysis, scrutiny, inquiry, etc. Based on that premise I cannot understand the Faculty Senate proposed resolution which will be considered during your December 2012 meeting.

    The idea that you intent to voice support for the President of the University as well as the Board of Trustee clearly reflects a total lack of research, scrutiny and inquiry. How can you possibly support individuals, who have shown a propensity, to provide partial and incomplete information relative to actions which clearly have resulted in an astronomical fiduciary failure? The entire Faculty Senate should be appalled that monies which should and could have been used for research, scholarships, etc, have been wasted by those for who you want to bolster. Any thinking individual who has read and analyzed statements made by Dr. Erickson and board trustees know that at best they are ambiguous, misguided and provide no transparency whatso every.

    Here are a few morsels for thought when making your decision to issue your proposed statement.

    How can a board of trustee hold a meeting (November 10, 2011) and record no minutes?
    (Statement per Dr. Erickson (ER) at National Press Club)

    How can a president of a university not inquiry as to why no minutes were taken at above noted meeting?
    (Per RE at NPC)

    How transparent is this and how accountable are these people based on the above.

    How can all of you blindly follow the university’s lead in supporting child abuse organizations without doing research?

    How can the faculty senate support a President of the Board of Trustees that makes this asinine statement – “I would have been a better athlete coming out of Penn State if we had had the code of conduct that we will now have.” Karen Peetz, Penn Stater Magazine, Nov/Dec 2012.