“But I will say this,” he continued. “I truly believe
that everybody you talk to that is part of this university wants to come together to support a truly great university, and so my feeling is that with the opportunity to talk about the greatness of this university, all the wonderful things that it’s doing, all the wonderful things that it can do and will do, that this is one community that is so dedicated to this university that I believe we will all come together because we love this institution so much.”
Lubrano said he is hopeful that Barron will take steps to unite the Penn State community.
“I think what you’ll see him do is reach out to the various communities within the Penn State community,” Lubrano said. “Ultimately, he’ll come up with a thoughtful solution. Is it going to happen overnight? No. But I at least feel good about the fact that he appears to be his own man. And that’s important.”
Barron, for his part, said watching the Sandusky scandal play out from afar was “painful and saddening.”
“But what I see is an institution that has really taken control of compliance and is no doubt now a model university that I think a lot of other universities are going to look at and say, ‘This is the way we should be operating to make sure that we’re doing all the things the right way,’ ” he said. “This is truly the Penn State way. If we find something that we’re not doing well, we turn around and make sure we are doing it well.”