Topic: karen peetz
Penn State has established a 10-member advisory council, comprised of a wide range of individuals from across the University, to provide input and feedback as Penn State administrators and the Board of Trustees work through the 119 recommendations in a July report issued by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
The Freeh Report, commissioned by the University as part of an independent investigation related to the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, recommends changes designed to strengthen policies and performance at Penn State in areas such as safety; reporting misconduct; and governance. To date, one-third of the recommendations have been completed. University officials hope to implement the changes Freeh recommended by the end of next year following a thorough evaluation, or to offer reasons why they would not implement changes.
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.”
Chairman Karen Peetz delivered the following remarks during a special meeting of Penn State's Board of Trustees on Aug. 25.
University Trustees are participating in a series of special meetings this weekend at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel on the University Park campus; public sessions are being streamed live online. For more information about the meetings, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/60837.
We Are Penn State.
Four words synonymous with heritage, achievement, leadership and responsibility.
Four words we live by. Four words that are special and carry meaning for each of us.
The following remarks were made by BOT Chairman Karen Peetz during today's (Aug. 12) special meeting regarding the NCAA consent decree:
Over the last few days, questions have been raised about the process in which the NCAA crafted and imposed, and the University accepted, what are unquestionably harsh sanctions that will have a significant impact on the University and its students, student-athletes, alumni, faculty, staff and other constituencies. Questions have also been raised about the Freeh Report and how that report was used by the NCAA as the basis for its action.
I had intended to call for a vote this evening to ratify the Consent Decree. Not because ratification is legally required. It is not. But, rather, because President Erickson's authority had been challenged publicly by some of our own trustees, the leadership of the Board wanted to publicly demonstrate the Board's support of President Erickson and the University's commitment to fully perform and comply with the Consent Decree. We had hoped to clear up any lingering misunderstanding with respect to the Board's and the University's position on this matter. Given that Trustee McCombie yesterday indicated publicly that he has instructed his lawyer to refrain from taking any further action, a formal vote may not be as necessary as we had initially anticipated.
Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz shared her perspective in a July 18 letter regarding the Freeh report and the University's path forward as a Penn State family. The content of her note follows. For more BOT updates go to http://www.psu.edu/trustees/.
July 18, 2012
The recent release of the Freeh Report marked one of the most sorrowful days in what has been without a doubt the most difficult chapter in our University's history. I am certain that many of you have read or heard about the report's findings, and you may have seen President Rodney Erickson's recent message on this topic. As the Chairman of the Board of Trustees since January of this year, I would like to also share my perspective on the Freeh report and our path forward as a Penn State family.