Penn State President to Face Alumni in Pittsburgh

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson is facing a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about how the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff and students, more than two months since Sandusky's arrest brought controversy, criticism and contemplation to the school.

Some alumni have criticized the university's failing to conduct a complete investigation before firing Paterno and ousting Erickson's predecessor, Graham Spanier, while decrying the leadership as secretive and slow to act.

The alumni meeting comes as investigators re-interview current and former employees of Penn State's athletic department as part of the case against the 67-year-old Sandusky, a longtime football assistant who's charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He has denied the charges and remains out on $250,000 bail while awaiting trial

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