Board of Trustees

Penn State trustee Joel Myers applauds court decision to examine sanctions

Incumbent Penn State trustee Joel Myers, who is running for re-election to an alumni seat, applauded a court ruling Wednesday that questions the consent decree between the NCAA and the university.

Myers said in a statement that he has spoken out against the sanctions and the consent decree since they were imposed.

“I also objected in media interviews and helped with others to build a groundswell of opposition and articulated reasons why,” he said. “I have never wavered in that position.”

Myers said university attorneys found that President Rodney Erickson had the power to sign the decree without board approval, and Erickson did so under coercion. The board of trustees never approved the sanctions or the consent decree, Myers said.

“When there was an attempt to get the board to ratify the sanctions, I led the effort to prevent that from happening and was successful in preventing it,” he said. “This enabled the court to look at this as the coercive act against President Erickson, who was doing what he thought he needed to do, under the coercion.”

Myers said the court’s ruling “supports the reasons for my actions and the value of having experienced people on the board.”