In a previous letter to the editor, I questioned Penn State President Eric Barron’s judgment for his decision to conduct vital university business in the newspaper. He chose to speak to the alumni trustees regarding their request for total access to all Louis Freeh’s material in the Centre Daily Times, rather than by some private vehicle.
Barron has once again shown himself to be a person whose judgment must be drawn into question. The recent settlement with the NCAA was carefully worded and states, “legitimate and good faith interest and concern” and carries a far different legal meaning than if the settlement had been worded that the NCAA acted in good faith.
In a statement released by Barron after the NCAA settlement was announced, he said, “I am convinced that they acted in good faith.” Why would he word his statement in that manner when discovery in the Corman suit revealed that the NCAA characterized Penn State as “road kill”?
How can we hope to restore the damage done to the reputation our university if we do not capitalize when the opportunity presents itself.
Since the release of his statement on the NCAA settlement, comments on many social media outlets show alumni are growing increasingly concerned about the man chosen to lead our university, and I share those concerns.
Hilton Head, S.C.