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New Leadership Takes Over At Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (CBS) — Penn State was reintroduced today to Rodney Erickson in his new role as the university’s interim president.

At this morning’s board of trustees meeting, Dr. Erickson — longtime provost at Penn State — received extended applause from the board as he takes over the top spot following the forced resignation of Graham Spanier earlier this week (see related story).

Erickson thanked the board for their support and said he isn’t taking the position just as a caretaker. He said he plans to play a key role in helping in the recovery process.

Erickson added that it is difficult to comprehend the allegations against Jerry Sandusky (see related story) and the charges of a cover-up at the university.

“Healing can not occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed and how we can prevent such tragedies in the future,” he said.

As part of that healing, the board also heard from attorney Kenneth Frazier, who is heading up the special university committee to investigate how the allegations laid out in the grand jury report could have happened.

Frazier said his thoughts are with the victims.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Iggy

    I can’t begin to imagine how the victims and families must feel. These horrific allegations are a reminder that we are OUR child’s advocate. So, if we suspect our child is abused (and even if the police ease drop on a conversation & hear the predator admit his actions) & the police STILL don’t do anything than as our child’s protector-we need to go up the law enforcement ranks until we find someone who will listen. We can’t assume other people are going to fight for our child if we do not fight until the bitter end on our child’s behalf. Please don’t misunderstand-I AM NOT BLAMING THE PARENTS OR THE CHILD-I’m just saying that we must be vigilant until someone…anyone hears us. We ultimately are responsible for our own child’s safety. I imagine many lives could have been salvaged if we were as relentless to protect our children as Sandusky was to harm them. 

  • Nina Torkos

    The world is crazy and stupid! American churches & schools evolved in greed and ungodly ways since the 60s. Certainly not sayin Joepa is the Pope, but even the Pope handled it badly. You KNOW the key players would go back and do it differently…Come on people, it was the “generation” of it all! Acts 28:3…The world is rarely impacted and drawn to Jesus through the sight of Christians ‘prospering.’ DIFFICULTY is the agent that OFTEN allows people an opportunity to see the REALITY of Jesus Christ more CLEARLY. Ethics are to blame for much of this. We’ll ALL do better learning from mistakes…Just sayin….

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