NCAA establishes independent task force for $60 million endowment

The NCAA today announced it has established an independent task force to develop the philosophy and guidelines for the $60 million endowment, created under the Consent Decree, that will benefit external programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse and victim treatment.

“Since July, Penn State has received input from a variety of sources with respect to the structure and operation of the endowment, which we have passed along to the NCAA,” said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. “The NCAA has determined that at least one quarter of the annual disbursements from the endowment will be reserved for Pennsylvania organizations. However, recognizing that child sexual abuse is a national issue, the NCAA has determined that grants from the endowment will be available in other states as well. Penn State appreciates the commitments of the task force on this important endeavor that will help countless victims of child sexual abuse.”

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Board of Trustees meets; President Erickson’s remarks

Board of Trustees meets; President Erickson’s remarks

Penn State President Rodney Erickson delivered the following remarks during the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, held Sept. 14 on the University Park campus.

Good afternoon and welcome. This is the first board meeting of the new academic year, and classes have been in session for about three weeks. I want to say how nice it is to be surrounded by the rhythms of academic life -- papers to be written, quizzes to be graded and department potlucks to be attended. I’ve often thought that one of the main symbols of our academic life -- especially for young faculty or grad students -- is a covered casserole dish.

Perhaps more than any other year, we have all welcomed this return to normalcy and the energy that the students bring to campus.

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Board receives update on response to Freeh recommendations

Penn State’s Board of Trustees today (Sept. 14) received an update on the ongoing work to review and implement the recommendations set forth in Judge Louis Freeh’s July report. The board and University leadership are considering each of the report’s 119 recommendations, designed to strengthen policies and performance in areas such as safety; the identification and reporting of misconduct at Penn State; and University governance.

David Gray, senior vice president for Finance and Business/treasurer, said more than a dozen of the report's recommendations have been substantially addressed and efforts on many more are well under way. Changes already implemented by University leadership include hiring a full-time Clery compliance coordinator and providing Clery Act training for employees; instituting a new policy to limit access to athletic facilities; providing additional resources for the University's Athletic Compliance Office; and restructuring the Board of Trustees to ensure stronger governance of the University and more communication with constituencies, among other actions.

Monthly status reports on the implementation of the recommendations will be posted on the University’s Progress website at The first report will be available before the end of September.

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Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz delivers remarks

Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz delivers remarks

Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz made the following remarks during the Board's regular meeting on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Good afternoon everyone.

It is good to see our campuses, here in State College and throughout the Commonwealth, are once again abuzz with the activity we are all dedicated to: educating students.

As I noted in my report at the last Trustees’ meeting, much enthusiasm, optimism and pride are in evidence.

Our common theme, our rallying cry, “We Are Penn State,” is in the hearts and minds of our students once again as they focus on their university life.

One instance of such pride and enthusiasm is especially worth noting. It illustrates what is meant, when we all say, “We Are Penn State.”

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Penn State launches ‘Faces of Penn State’ campaign

Penn State launches ‘Faces of Penn State’ campaign

A University campaign is shining a light on the countless outstanding and exceptional individuals that comprise the Penn State community.

To highlight and celebrate their stories, Faces of Penn State aims to showcase the personal accomplishments, public contributions and pioneering spirit resulting from the Penn State experience, education and community.

The people chosen for Faces of Penn State embody Penn State's values of teaching, research and service and may have achieved significant personal or professional achievements. They are students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and local community members whose accomplishments and achievements leave their communities and the world at large a better place.

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