For nearly three years, we've tried to optimistically remind each other that truth and justice will prevail; this isn't a sprint, it's a marathon; there's power in numbers; some of the most important work really is happening behind the scenes; and, finally that WE BELIEVE in the nine alumni trustees who WE voted in through what is now widely regarded as an exemplary, robust and transparent process for trustee selection.
We've had payoffs over the years, but perhaps none bigger than the courageous move this week made by the "Nittany Nine" to call a special meeting of the Board to fully address the NCAA fines levied through the Consent Decree, based on the Freeh Report (formal request letter is attached). This meeting holds the promise of FINALLY bringing these significant issues in front of the ENTIRE Board of Trustees. We couldn’t be more proud of those who were voted in, and how they represent the views of so many in the Penn State community.
They also questioned the judgment of the Board of Trustees which had fiduciary responsibility for the financial and reputational well-being of the University. These issues, which speak directly to the guilt or innocence of the University and the proper functioning of its decision-making process, are more consequential than any sanction that has emanated from the Consent Decree.
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