Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne, posted on his Facebook page a link: “Commonwealth Court opinion questions the validity of the NCAA consent decree, so why are the majority trustees embracing a flawed, indefensible verdict against Penn State? Further proof personal agendas, not a Penn State agenda, are driving board decisions.”
The trustees in question are the agriculture, business and industry and governor-appointed factions. All voted unanimously to cover up, at Penn State’s expense, their dereliction of fiduciary duty as described by the same Commonwealth Court opinion Yudichak cited. They would rather squander money that President Eric Barron said would cover three years’ worth of unmet student needs than admit their numerous mistakes.
The alumni trustees and the student trustee refused unanimously to support this cover-up, and alumni trustee Al Lord introduced a motion to have the board perform its fiduciary duty (two years late is better than never) by actually reading and assessing the Freeh report. It is now a matter of proven email record that the trustees know about the Freeh report’s numerous self-contradictions and outright falsehoods. Any board member who continues to stand behind the Freeh report will therefore put him or herself on record as willfully covering up his or her own mistakes or those of his or her friends at Penn State’s expense.
At what point does a court of law, and/or the General Assembly, need to step in to take away these people’s authority the way a responsible parent takes the car keys from a drunken and reckless teenage driver?
William A. Levinson