By Lisa Powers, Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK – 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.
An invitation from Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz was sent to representatives from the student body, the Faculty Senate, the Academic Leadership Council (deans and campus chancellors), staff, Intercollegiate Athletics and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The following individuals have agreed to serve on the Freeh Advisory Council:
Larry C. Backer, chair, University Faculty Senate and professor of law; Linda Caldwell, NCAA faculty representative and professor of recreation, parks and tourism management and human development and family studies; Ann Crouter, dean, College of Health and Human Development; Charmelle Green, associate director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Crystal Hubler, chair, University Staff Advisory Council; Courtney Lennartz, president, University Park Undergraduate Association; Jonathan M. Light, president, Teamsters Local Union No. 8; John May, chief compliance officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; David Rench, vice president of external affairs, Graduate Student Association; and Karen Wiley Sandler, chancellor, Penn State Abington.
The council, which is also charged with ensuring open communication and providing greater transparency to the University, will meet on an ongoing basis to provide additional guidance as recommendations are considered and implemented. Each of the recommendations has been assigned to one or more individuals within the University administration for review, analysis and possible implementation.
For a complete update of status and actions Penn State has taken based on the Freeh recommendations, go to here.