Is Gary Schultz guilty of perjury? Thats for a jury to decide.
But should his name be on a child care center at Penn State? Absolutely not regardless of how his legal proceedings play out.
The former Penn State vice president for finance will stand trial in January,
charged with lying to a grand jury concerning his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
And while it will be months before Schultzs legal fate is determined and regardless of the outcome of his trial we cant imagine Penn State returning his name to a child care center on campus, even a childrens center to which he may have contributed considerable financial support.
Thats why we strongly disagree with the Penn State trustees decision Friday to delay action on the renaming of the center until after Schultz and former athletics director Tim Curley have their trial or trials in early 2013.
The center naming decision never even made it out of a board committee for a full vote.
Board of trustees members Ryan McCombie, Ira Lubert and Anthony Lubrano led the charge to delay renaming the center.
Its way too premature, McCombie said during meetings Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn. I dont even think we should be having this discussion.
Lubrano said, Theres no reason for us to rush at this point.
On the contrary, we see no reason to hold up the renaming decision. It has to happen, and the sooner the better.
Nan Coulter, dean of Penn States College of Health and Human Development, requested the name change for the center that her office oversees.
A sign bearing Schultzs name had been attached to the center before charges came down last November.
After the grand jury presentment led to allegations against Sandusky, then Curley and Schultz, someone tore down the sign in an apparent act of vandalism.
University Vice President Tom Poole said he would have concerns about future vandalism at the center if Schultzs name was restored.
Given the volatile reactions we have seen on all sides of this situation, we agree with Pooles assessment.
Staff at the center have already grown accustomed to using its proposed new name, the Child Care Center at Hort Woods. Lets make that name official. Or find another suitable title.
We appreciate that Lubrano, McCombie and others may wish to see Schultz receive his due process in the courts before he is punished. That is a logical position.
We dont see removing Schultzs name from this center as punishment, rather an inevitable outcome in this year of pain and turmoil.
Even if Schultz is found not guilty, his name will be forever linked with Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June.
Schultz may clear his name in a legal sense.
But it cannot appear on a childrens center at Penn State.
Not after all that has happened.