Ex-chair of trustees resigns under cloud

Posted: July 21, 2012

Steve Garban, who led Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees during the early days of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, resigned from the board Thursday.

In a letter to chairwoman Karen Peetz, the 74-year-old financial adviser said he accepted responsibility for failures on his watch.

"It is clear to me that my presence on the board has become a distraction and an impediment to your efforts to move forward and continue the board's most important work of ensuring that Penn State remains a top choice for students, faculty, and employers," his letter said.

He could not be reached for comment late Thursday.

Garban, who served as chairman from 2010 through last year, was one of the few trustees to be singled out in a scathing internal investigative report commissioned by the university and released by former FBI Director Louis Freeh last week.

Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was convicted last month on 45 counts of child sex-abuse.

- Jeremy Roebuck

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