HARRISBURG — Penn State should overhaul its governing structure in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, with the most important step being removal of the university president as a voting trustee, Pennsylvania’s auditor general said today.
Auditor General Jack Wagner had called in July for that and some of the other recommended changes, but the new report elaborates on them and extends into new areas, including board term limits, the granting of emeritus status and the ability of university employees to become trustees.
He said the suggested changes might not have prevented what occurred when Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, used his affiliation with the university to sexually abuse children. There are pending criminal allegations that high-ranking university officials helped cover up complaints about Sandusky.
“Real and substantive reform of the governance structure is still presently not occurring,” Wagner said at a Capitol news conference. “It’s time for the General Assembly, the governor and the Board of Trustees to step up.”