Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Penn State President Erickson subpoenaed by Sandusky grand jury

Penn State President Rodney Erickson speaks during the meeting.  The Penn State Board of Trustees met  January 20, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State campus.  Nabil K. Mark
Penn State President Rodney Erickson speaks during the meeting. The Penn State Board of Trustees met January 20, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State campus. Nabil K. Mark

The grand jury investigating former coach Jerry Sandusky has called Penn State President Rodney Erickson to testify.

A university spokeswoman said Erickson was served with the subpoena last week.

“His attorney is discussing with the Attorney General’s Office various aspects of the subpoena, including the actual date of testimony,” Lisa Powers said. “President Erickson intends to fully cooperate and answer all questions truthfully.”

She said the university won’t comment beyond that because of the ongoing investigation. She did not have the exact date of the subpoena.

University trustees appointed Erickson president in November after terminating Graham Spanier as president and

Joe Paterno as football coach, both of whom had been called to testify.

Erickson has said that he was not aware of the grand jury investigation until he saw its presentment in November detailing the allegations against Sandusky.

Erickson’s attorney, Virginia Gibson, of Philadelphia, said she couldn’t comment on when Erickson will testify, but said he intends to fully cooperate with the investigation.

“Dr. Erickson looks forward to leading the university beyond these issues and focusing on its excellence as one of the country’s leading institutions in higher education,” Gibson said.

Powers said she is not aware of any other administrators receiving a subpoena at this time.

Previously, other university staff have been called to testify. On March 17, the university said that a number of employees had been subpoenaed.

Anne Danahy can be reached at 231-4648.

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