Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Trustees discussed members leaving board after Freeh report release

Penn State trustees discussed whether certain board members should consider stepping down in light of the Freeh report findings, according to one board member.

The trustee said there had been a “healthy discussion” among board members regarding the role trustees had played in the Sandusky scandal, and with the release of the Freeh report, there had been discussion about the appropriate course of action and whether those members who were involved should consider stepping down.

Penn State spokesman David La Torre said Chairwoman Karen Peetz and Ken Frazier, who led the task force that oversaw the Freeh investigation, said it was up to each board member to decide for him or herself.

According to the Freeh report, then- Chairman Steve Garban heard from university leaders in late October about the grand jury investigations and potential charges. Garban discussed it with Vice Chairman John Surma and board member Jim Broadhurst.

Board leaders now say they realize they should have been better informed.

Garban, a State College-area resident, could not be reached for comment.

Peetz said during a news conference Thursday that there are no plans for the board as a whole to step down. When asked about Garban and Surma, Peetz said the report includes some information about individuals, but the board hadn’t had a chance to read the entire the report.

In January, Garban and Surma opted not to run for chairman and vice chairman again. They had been criticized for their handling of the decision to fire Paterno, including announcing it at a hastily called, nighttime news conference. The announcement fueled a student riot in downtown State College.

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