Thursday, December 1, 2011
Letter to the BOT
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship kindly requests that the Board of Trustees provide an apology to Coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier for the decision to terminate both individuals prior to completion of an internal investigation. Additionally, as the meeting to terminate both employees was held in secret in violation of the Sunshine Act [65 Pa.C.S.A 701-710] Joe Paterno should be reinstated as head coach and Graham Spanier should be reinstated as University President.
The Pennsylvania State University would not be the institution that it is today without Joe Paterno’s contributions to attitude, excellence and education. The University reputation has been tarnished by the recent events and Joe Paterno’s legacy has been ruined as a result of this Board’s decision to feed the media firestorm. Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship requests that that BOT show leadership by recognizing that the hasty decision had a negative impact on the entire Penn State community, Alumni, students, faculty, employees, supporters and friends by failing to seek answers before acting.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship requests that the board demonstrate its leadership abilities by admitting that they hurried to a rush judgment without facts and by overturning the decision to terminate Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier.
If the board chooses to ignore our request, Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship will work tirelessly to ensure that all Alumni voted members of the BOT are replaced with individuals who have virtue, character and the ability to lead the University.