Why did Condoleezza Rice probably turn down the presidency of Penn State?
Just as nobody wants to hire somebody who badmouths former employers, nobody wants to work for an employer that fires people without cause or due process then destroys their reputations.
This elephant in the living room disqualifies Penn State’s current board of trustees from hiring somebody like Rice or, indeed, any person of character.
A common interview question is, “What became of the last people in this job?” The board fired Graham Spanier without due process and probably without cause.
Rodney Erickson’s support for the same board’s policies then made him a pariah.
Trustees Kenneth Frazier and Karen Peetz later affirmed the Freeh report’s findings of guilt on behalf of the university without authorization by the board, and therefore probably in violation of the board’s own standing orders.
This gave the NCAA the excuse it needed to impose its sanctions, and it demolished the university’s reputation.
What candidate of Rice’s caliber would want to preside over damaged goods?
Trustees also made false and derogatory public statements about coach Joe Paterno, and Frazier badmouthed Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz in the bargain.
The controlling majority of this board of trustees is, therefore, like a dog that has mauled somebody without provocation.
Nobody in his right mind would trust that dog with his or her physical safety — or this board — with his career and professional reputation.
William A. Levinson, Wilkes-Barre