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July 30, 2012
Pennsylvania State University's president says it is "adequately covered" to handle lawsuits stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal but hopes to settle many of them "as quickly as possible. " Rodney Erickson told CBS's Face the Nation in an interview taped for broadcast Sunday that the university had "both directors and officers as well as general liability coverage" like any institution of its size. "We believe that we are adequately covered," he said in a clip posted Saturday on the program's website.
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December 21, 2012 | By Matt Carroll, STATE COLLEGE (Pa.) CENTRE DAILY TIMES
Pennsylvania State University president Rodney Erickson has received a performance-based pay raise from the university, boosting his salary by $85,000. The board of trustees authorized a salary increase for Erickson from $515,000 to $600,000 annually, effective Nov. 1. The raise was enacted on the first anniversary of Erickson's being named president. "President Erickson has done a tremendous job leading our university through a difficult year - one of the most difficult in the history of Penn State," board chairwoman Karen Peetz said.
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October 31, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University is poised to name a new president, who will be charged with leading the state's flagship university through continued controversy in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The board of trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College to deal with "personnel matters. " Board members previously said they planned to name a new president before the end of the year. Penn State officials contacted Tuesday declined to name the person who will become the next leader of the 96,000-student university.
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August 27, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Despite assurances that Pennsylvania State University's trustees uniformly backed a decision last month to accept crippling NCAA sanctions, their first public meeting since then has exposed a board very much divided. At their annual weekend retreat, trustees grappled Saturday with the existential debate likely to loom over the campus in the coming academic year: Will Penn State continue to seethe over blows endured in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal or accept them and move on?
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March 3, 2013 | By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University is making steady progress in implementing the requirements outlined by the NCAA following the sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell said Friday. Mitchell, the independent athletics integrity monitor, also said in a statement Friday that the university was making progress in implementing recommendations from Louis Freeh following the former FBI director's internal investigation into the scandal.
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September 17, 2012 | Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Hundreds of Penn State alumni and fans called for the university's president and board of trustees to step down Saturday at a rally decrying the school officials' actions after the child sex-abuse scandal that engulfed the campus nearly a year ago. Former Penn State and Steelers fullback Franco Harris criticized board chairwoman Karen Peetz's use of Penn State's "We Are ... " cheer in her address to the board Friday. He told the crowd it rang hollow. "She used it like 100 times, but it felt like there was no feeling," he said.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator who has headed investigations into baseball's steroid problems and an Olympic scandal that threatened the 2002 Winter Games, on Wednesday was named watchdog for Penn State's reeling athletics program. The NCAA appointed Mitchell as its athletics integrity monitor at Penn State. The organization slapped unprecedented sanctions on the school and its football program last week as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. Mitchell's work, preparing a quarterly progress report for the NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and the university's board of trustees, and recommending changes in university procedures, will begin immediately, the NCAA said in a release, and will continue for five years.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuckand Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania State University's trustees on Wednesday backed university president Rodney Erickson's decision earlier this week to accept crippling NCAA penalties against its football program, saying they now realized he had few other choices. In a statement released after a three-hour, closed-door meeting, the trustees said they found "the punitive sanctions difficult and the process with the NCAA unfortunate. " "But as we understand it, the alternatives were worse," they added.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2013
In the Region Gasoline prices keep climbing U.S. retail gasoline prices are gaining at the fastest pace since February and may keep climbing as crude prices surge and refinery units, including one at the former Sunoco plant in Philadelphia, shut for repairs. Pump prices have risen nationwide four days in a row, advancing 3 cents a gallon to an average of $3.55 Friday, said AAA , the motoring group. AAA said gasoline rose five cents per gallon in the last week in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and eight cents per gallon in South Jersey.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University has signed off on an agreement that outlines the changes it will make and the procedures it will adopt in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal. Leaders of the university, the NCAA, and the Big Ten Conference signed the agreement this week, fulfilling one of the school's obligations under a consent decree. It calls for the selection of an integrity officer for athletic programs and describes the duties of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who will act as the independent monitor overseeing its compliance with sanctions.
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June 15, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
This editorial was published on June 14 and updated on June 26. It's a dubious enough distinction that Penn State employed one of only two public university presidents nationwide with a seven-figure compensation package. But the university's budget last year was even more exceptional - and questionable - for including millions in compensation for a  former  president. Graham Spanier, who was placed on leave in 2012 after being charged in the cover-up of football coach Jerry Sandusky's sex crimes, received a compensation package worth $2.3 million (including a $1.7 million life insurance policy to be paid to his beneficiary upon his death)
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November 6, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the chaotic aftermath of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 arrest on child-molestation charges, the NCAA apparently was so intent on punishing Pennsylvania State University that it overlooked questions about its authority to do so, according to e-mails from the organization made public Wednesday. "I know we are banking on the fact that the school is so embarrassed they will do anything, but I am not sure about that," Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said in a July 2012 message to the NCAA's then-director of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach.
SPORTS
June 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner, who took over at the height of outrage over the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal and hired the Nittany Lions' last two head football coaches, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire from the university. According to a Penn State news release, Joyner, a 1972 graduate of the university, has asked that his duties as athletic director end on Aug. 1. Joyner said in the release that it was "an honor and privilege to serve Penn State" and that a "daily source of inspiration" to him came from student athletes, coaches, staff, and the university community.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE The selection of noted climate scientist Eric J. Barron to lead Pennsylvania State University, a decision expected to be approved Monday by the trustees, reflects the importance of research to the university's future and its role as a jobs engine for the state, the executive director of the school's alumni association said Saturday. Roger L. Williams said he was delighted with reports that Barron would become Penn State's next president, ending a long search to replace Graham B. Spanier, who was forced out in 2011 over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal.
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February 16, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University has chosen one of its former deans - Florida State University president Eric J. Barron, who led the school in Tallahassee to national recognition for efficient operations - as its 18th president, a Penn State source confirmed Friday. Barron, 62, who was at Penn State from 1986 to 2006, the last four years as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has run Florida State, his alma mater, for almost four years. Penn State's board of trustees has scheduled a meeting for Monday in State College to vote on Barron's appointment.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University apparently was hunting for some star power in its new president. The university-hired search firm tried to lure former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, but was turned down. Rice, who served under President George W. Bush and was the first female African American secretary of state, is a political science professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution. Rice's office confirmed the overture Friday.
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November 1, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University abruptly canceled Wednesday a special meeting at which its board of trustees had been expected to vote on a new president. The meeting, scheduled for Friday morning in State College, has been "delayed indefinitely to allow for further consideration on the matter," the university announced. It said a private meeting of the trustees would be held that morning. School officials declined to comment further on why the special session had been canceled.
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October 31, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University is poised to name a new president, who will be charged with leading the state's flagship university through continued controversy in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The board of trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College to deal with "personnel matters. " Board members previously said they planned to name a new president before the end of the year. Penn State officials contacted Tuesday declined to name the person who will become the next leader of the 96,000-student university.
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