Penn State

Penn State makes strides on Freeh report recommendations

Once Penn State’s trustees adopt a set of governance reforms on Friday, the university will have reached an 87 percent implementation rate of the recommendations from former FBI director Louis Freeh.

David Gray, the university’s senior vice president for finance and business, gave an update about the recommendations during a board committee meeting Thursday on legal and compliance matters.

The scorecard will look like this: 76 of the 119 recommendations will be completed, and 27 are recommendations that are ongoing.

Gray said the progress was extraordinary, considering the size of the task.

The university is obligated to implement as many of the recommendations as possible, according to the consent decree from the NCAA. Freeh issued the recommendations in July at the time he released his report that pointed blame at former senior leaders for not stopping Jerry Sandusky from molesting boys more than a decade ago.

Penn State officials have promised to finish implementing them by the end of 2013.

There are a few that the university will not implement that were determined not to make sense, such as making the top human resources official a senior vice president. The position is an associate vice president.

The recommendations that university officials have put in place include background checks for employees, policies regarding adults having access to minors on campus and hiring a chief ethics officer.

Gray said the university will release an update next week with additional details about the progress report.