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Graham Spanier letter to Penn State board of trustees 7/23/12

Graham Spanier letter to Penn State board of trustees 7/23/12

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Disgraced former Penn State President Graham Spanier has sent a new letter to the Penn State trustees in which he expresses "great regret about the situation that the entire university finds itself in." But Spanier, in his three-page letter, also seeks to make clear to the board -- which quickly ousted him after Jerry Sandusky's arrest last November -- that he believes they are getting a biased view from the Freeh Report of his involvement in the scandal.
Disgraced former Penn State President Graham Spanier has sent a new letter to the Penn State trustees in which he expresses "great regret about the situation that the entire university finds itself in." But Spanier, in his three-page letter, also seeks to make clear to the board -- which quickly ousted him after Jerry Sandusky's arrest last November -- that he believes they are getting a biased view from the Freeh Report of his involvement in the scandal.

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PENN
STATE
~
Crabnm
B.
Spani4."1'
Ptcsi<.'l~nt
EP\eritus
Dear Members
of
the Board ofTrustees:July 23,2012
Tile
Perm!>ylvania
St~lC
Univ~rsi1y
Univer!iily
Purk, PA
16M2
t-tn~ll:g:s1r.mierWp.~u.edu
I write to you with great regret
abol.\t
the situation
that
th~
entire University finds itself
in
following the conviction
of
Jerry Sanduskyiand the release
ofth~
Freeh report. Upon release
of
tqe Grand Jury presentment last November.:I
was
shocked and
c'n?nue
to
be
deeply troubled
to
have learned
~t
a child predator vietitnizei:l
~ildren
while assqfiated with the University, evenafter his retirement.. 1
c!ln
assure· you that I
lhadn
t
the slightest ifikling until reading the Grand
Jury
presentment
th8.t
Sandusky
was
being
inv-estigated
for monjitllan a single incident in ashower
in
2001, something
that
was
descri~ed
to
me
only
as
''hqtsing around."
. I
:
· ' ' Had I lolown then what
we
now know about Jerry SandJ$ky,
had
I received anyinformation about a sexual act
in
the
$how~r
or elsewhere, or
h~
I had some basis for a higher
lc;~vei!.Of
suspicion about Sandusky, I would, have strongly and
iri:imediately
intervened. Never
' . ' . . .
-,
I'·
would I stand by for a moment to allow a c)lild predator
to
hurt children. I am personallyoutraged that any such abusive acts could
!:lave
occurred in or
al!()und
Penn State and haveconsiderable pain that it could perhaps have been ended
had
we known more sooner.You need to understand and hear
ttl>m
me
some important facts: I was apparently
cotJied
on two emails in 1998, the first, from
Gary!
Schultz to Tim Curley on May 6 saying that "thePublic Welfare people will interview
the
iJidividual Thursday." The second email, from Schultzto Curley on June 9, says "They
.met
with
Jerry
on Monday
and
.conciudcd that there was
no
criminal behavior and the matter was
close~
as an investigation.
He
was a little emotional andexpressed
conc,c;lm
as
to
how this might hare adversely
affected!th~
child. I think the matter has
qeen
appropriately investigated and I hope!it is now behind
us.!
!'have
no
recollection
of
any
conversations on
the
topic or any other enurlls from
that
era
sen!;
to
me or by
me.
It
is
publicknowledge
that
the District Attorney
deci~
there was no crin$
~pursue.
I don't understandnow one could conclude from such evidence "concealment"
of~
Kl1own
child predator.
·:
' ; i :
-j
~
i
,;
'
My
kndwledge
bfthe
2001
incidenf
is
fully explained td/the best
of
my recollection in
the
materials I provided
to
Mr. Freehand that
are
appended
to
his
E'
t (enclosed again here). I
neYer
pearda word about
abusi;ve
or
sexllll.11
behavior, nor were
..
' rre
any
other details presentedlhat would have led me to
think
along
tho::le
lines. McQueary' :name was never mentioned
to
me, and
it
is clear that Curley
and
Schultz
~ad
not spoken
to
~
yet when they gave
me.
theirinitial heads up. I was in fact told that thefwitness wasn't sure
)vhat
he
saw, since it
was
around acomer.
Dr.
Jonathan Dranov's Grand
Jury
and trial testimony appear
to
corroborate that nothingsexual was reported
to
him in his meeting
:with
McQueary
on
the
night
of
the
2001
incident.
I
 
The
Freeh report
is
also egregious
iJi.
its
incomplete and inaccurate reporting
of
my
2011discussions with certain
trustees,
advice
and
reporting from
the
University's General Counsel,
and the
recounting
of
unfolding
events
in
November, 2011. I
want
to beclear
that the Chair
of
the
Board
of
Trustees
was
kept informed b)!
me
throughout
20
II
to the
fullest extent
!
was able,beginning
on
the
Sunday
after
my
Grand
Jury
appearance
and
in other discussions with
trustee
leaders.
In
reporting
to
the
Trustees,
I
was
g\)ided
by
and
followe~
all instructions from theUniversity's General Counsel.
She
told
me; very
little
about
hov{.
she
was
handling
the
GrandJury investigation.
She never
told
me
anyti:iing about
the
conten~
of
the
interviews with athleticdepartment
staff
orthe
Curley
and
Schultz
Grand Jury
tcstimon~
or
the
interview
of
Curley
and
Schultz by
the
Attorney General
when
she
Was
present.
She
didttell
me on
at
least threeoccasions, however, that this
was
the
third
6r
fourth Grand
Jury
Sn
this matter, that there
appeared
to
be no
issue
for
the University,
and
that
the
Attorney ((Jenera!
did
not
seem
to have
~y
~ipen~e
~'i~uggest,that
SOJI!ething happened involving
Pen~
S~te.
She
had, sh7
said,.
spok<:;n
several
~mes
to
Attorney General
staff.
I
was
never told;py
her
of
any
matenals
bemg
subpoenaed
from
the
University,
or
even
th~t
I
had been subpoeb;aed
to
testifY. She told
me
I
was
going voluntarily, as
I
had
previously agreed
to
do, and
she
accompanied
me
before the
judge
and
in
the Grand
Jwy
room
and
sat
through
my
testimony,
I
had no
preparation
or
understanding
of
he context.
As
I
was
being sworn
in
for
my
Grand
Jwy
appearance, much to
my
surprise
she
handed
over
to
the judge
a
~humb
drive containing
my
entire history
of
cmails
back
to
2004.
'
!
I note that the
Freeh
report
concludJd
that the
Genetal Cbunsel failed to seek
the
advice
of
a law
finn
with
quality criminal expcrien,'cc
to
advise
her
of
how
to deal
with the
AttorneyGeneral and the
Grand
Jury
investigation.
l
have learned this
is
11
standard procedure whenCQrporations
or other
large entities
are
servdd with
Grand
Jury
subpoenas.
It
is unfathomable
and
illogical
to
tt1ink that a respected ilunily sociologistandfamilytherapist, someone
who
personally experienced massive and
pe~stent
abuse
as a
child, someone
who
devoted a significant
portion
of
his
carFc:r to
the
welfare
of
c.',h~ldren
and
youth, includingservice
on
the
boards
of
four
such
organiza~ons,
two
as
chair
of~¢
board,
would have
kno~y
tum~d
a
blind eye
to:~Y
report
cf
clllld abuse
or pretatory
sexual acts directed atchildten.
As
I
have
stated
in
the'
clearest pqssible terms,
at
no time during
my
presidency did:myope ever repbrt to
me
that
J~
Sandusl(y was observed abuJing
a
child
or
youth
or
engaged
iri
a sexual
act
With
a
child or
yo'uth. ;
i'
'
,,
I
j
i!'
.
.
This
Cqi~clusion
~hould
have
been
~undantly
clear
to
M
Freeh
and
his
colleagues whointerviewed
me
for
five
hours
before
their
~rt
was finished
al\d
interrogated scores
of
einployees
about
me.
Yet
the
report
is
full
pf
factual errors
and
jumps
to
conclusions that are
u)ttrue
and
unwarranted.
I
have identified
~any
errors
in
the report
that
pertrun tome,which
my
attorneys
will
share
confidentially
with
UnilVersity
legal counsel for
your
records
~d
consideration. Moreover,
I
look
forward
t~
the opportunity to
set
the
record
straight withrepresentatives
of
the
Board
of
Trustees
as
you
might
desire.
: As
my
attorneys
have
pointecl
out,
Jnother inveStigation
of
my
conduct,
an
inveStigation
by
federal
officialsresponsible
for
my
nati~nal
top
secret security
clearance,
was
carried out
l
I
I
 
simultaneously with the Freeh investigation.
This
clearance required are-review when theSandusky matter surfaced in November.
Ff!deral
investigators tlten conducted a four-monthinvestigation
of
heir own
in
which
they
in~iewed
many
of~
same individuals the FreehGroup interviewed and other relevant indivtouals Freeh did not
iP.terview.
The investigation
was
significantly focused on any possible role I plight have played
Ui:th\t
Sandusky matter.· At
the
conclusion
~f
the
investigati~
my top secret
cl~ce
was
reaffirmed. AlthoughI told
Mr.
~re~,
directly about the federal investigation and
its
it\'lt,
there is no mention
of
it
a!lyW:herc
tn
htsJ
report.
. '
II
' ' ' '
l;i
Commehts
from the Fre6h report
ani!
some trustees
abo~
my
leadership
of
Penn Stateover more
than)6
years are confusing
tom~.
I tried to keep the !rustees informed
of
all
of
theniost:relevant
issues.
Following our prior
qadition
of"C~ons
Meetings," I
instituted
a
}'FC·~ard
~
with trustee leadership,
T~tee
Seminars, and
~morning
report in public
~sion
with atliple time
for
questions on
allY
topic.
We
initiated Board subcommittees,
an
auditcommittee, a governance committee, and npmerous other reforms
to
improve governance. I alsobelieve
his
report is unfairly critical
of
the Board
of
Trustees in
parts.
' I worked with seven board chairs, ¢ceived stellar
annual.
reviews following surveys
of
all
l:loard
membeJ:s,
and four conuact
renewal~.
I had an
open
door.
policy with trustees, returned allcalls
and
answered all board members' emails on a same-day
b¥is.
I never
hesitated
to
bring
to
board leadership discussion
of
any sensitivf issue. 1 believe
m~
record as president
of
Penn State
sPeaks
for
itself. Together,
we
accomplished a great deal
of
g*
during
my
16-year presidency
of
Penn State. Yet I
find
myself excoriated\
by
the Freeh report
~q
individual trustees speakingnegatively
of
me in public.
My
reputation
F
been
profoundly
1
d;m1aged
..
. .
In
l.igh
.
.,ofm.
y
2.6
years
o
.
fservice
to.·
Penn State,
my
co. ntp.'
b·,.'utions
as
president
for
more
t,han
16
years,
!p1d
tny
<;<>ntinuil}g
service
~en
after
I left the
prylsil:!ency,
l would ask
to
have an·
~1ldf~nce
with,
#~sentatives
~f
the board•to answer
any
questi~n,S
you might have. l
write
you
~~sin~
r~~
with a heavy heart
fof
the
c~drcn
who
~e
.vtctirnized by Sandusky, andmtb, regretfot the difficult challenges ahe'd for this great
Umv;rrsxty.
Graham
Spanier
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