Penn State trustees held off on permanently removing the name of Gary Schultz, who is charged with lying to the grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky, from an on-campus child care center.
A committee voted to table the matter Friday after trustee Anthony Lubrano read a letter Schultz’s attorney had sent to board members asking them to delay action until after Schultz’s trial, which is scheduled to take place in January in Dauphin County.
The child care center was named after Schultz, the former Penn State vice president for finance, last year before he was charged.
“There’s no reason for us to rush at this point,” Lubrano said
Board members Ira Lubert and Ryan McCombie agreed, saying the board should wait.
University Vice President Tom Poole said Nan Coulter, dean of the College of Health and Human Development, which oversees the center, had made the request for the name change.
A “Gary Schultz” sign at the center was torn down in what was likely an act of vandalism after Schultz was charged in November.
Poole said because of concerns about future vandalism and the safety at the center, the sign wasn’t restored. He said staff began using the proposed name, the Child Care Center at Hort Woods.
Board members on the finance committee agreed to table the matter.
McCombie said if the center has gone eight months without a name on it, it can go four more.
“It’s way too premature. I don’t even think we should be having this discussion,” McCombie said.
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