Opinion

Penn State Trustee Anthony Lubrano | Now is the time

At the recent Penn State board of trustees meeting, my colleague and longstanding member Joel Myers made an impassioned plea for unity in the Penn State community.

Although I applaud him for his efforts, I believe he misses a key point.

The Penn State community cannot simply “move on” without first addressing that which ails us. In my opinion, he did not go far enough.

And so, let me add:

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To demonstrate leadership and defend our great school.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To practice openness and transparency in deeds as well as words.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To be a body of inclusion rather than one of exclusion.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To recognize that trust is earned in two directions.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To correct Mark Emmert for his many misstatements that have harmed our school.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To invite Louis Freeh to Penn State so that the community can query him regarding his conclusions.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To invite former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh and former FBI profiler James Clemente to Penn State so that the community can query them regarding their assessment of the Freeh report.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To respond to former Jerry Sandusky prosecutor Frank Fina’s statement that he “found no evidence” that Joe Paterno covered up Sandusky’s crimes by publicly repudiating the conclusions of the Freeh report.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To put back the statue and wall in their rightful place outside of Beaver Stadium.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To work to ensure that we leave Penn State a better place than we found it.

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To join our 600,000 alumni who never lost the “We” in “We are.”

If we are truly interested in real healing, then we should demonstrate the courage and leadership that our roles as trustees require in order to serve the best interests of our great university. And if the Penn State community did not distrust us, then

Now is the time for the board of trustees

To formally honor the 61 years of service that Joe Paterno gave to Penn State.

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