Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Out of whack salaries show Penn State tax-exemption undeserved

The recent release of compensation package information for Penn State employees for 2013 is an appalling eye-opener reflective of an institution that scoffs at the notion of reform.

Former football coach Bill O’Brien was the most highly compensated employee in 2013, garnering a staggering $3.44 million. The board of trustees, apparently without embarrassment over this wretched excess, has approved a $4 million per annum deal with successor James Franklin.

Former president Graham Spanier, who awaits trial on felony charges, continues taking advantage of the university, serving as a tenured faculty member to the tune of $600,000 a year. It seems that the esteem in which the school holds its former leader could only be broken by a conviction and jail sentence, which would make it difficult for him to teach.

It is obvious that Penn State continues to consider its primary mission to be sports rather than education. Imagine how many students’ tuition payments could have been made with the millions that have been squandered on those whose life’s work is coaching.

Any notion that Penn State has been humbled and is now committed to serving its students has been demonstrated to be a fallacy. It is an institution undeserving of its tax exemption.

Oren Spiegler

Upper St. Clair