Friday, July 12
Franco's Statement Calling For BOT Resignations
One of the most precious rights in our legal system is
the right of due process. This is the protection
needed so that no one is declared guilty without
evidence and proof of fact. (The Freeh Report)
All of the principles of due process were ignored on
the evening of November 9, 2011 and that set into
motion a path of destruction for Penn State University.
The people who are responsible for this destruction
need to be held accountable.
Most people, and you would think Penn State people
in particular, would have given Joe Paterno, Tim
Curley, Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz the respect
of due process and the benefit of the doubt. There is
no doubt that the self-interests and actions of the
executive committee prevailed over the majority of the
board and the principles of due process. The majority
remained silent and cowed and did nothing to defend
our great university.
It’s amazing how the members of this executive
committee keep praising themselves for all the great
things they claim to be doing. These are the same
people that compromised our principles and our
University. Their actions on that evening of
November 9, 2011 set in motion a pattern of actions
that are still felt today.
We alumni and students have a lot of passion for our
University. We want healing and unity and we do
want to move forward. But first we need for the
executive committee and Tom Corbett to remove
themselves from the BOT in the best interest of Penn
State. One thing is certain, the people who brought us
to this point are not, I repeat are not, the people to
move us forward.
So we are requesting that those members of the
executive committee on the evening of November 9,
2011 immediately remove themselves from the Penn
State BOT. John Surma has already removed
himself…the rest of this committee need to put Penn
State first by also removing themselves from the
board. We are asking Jim Broadhurst, Ken Frazier,
Ed Hintz, Linda Strumpf, Karen Peetz, Keith Masser
and Tom Corbett to remove themselves immediately.
Then we can work on moving forward.
Franco Harris ‘72