Monday, November 7, 2011
PSU athletic director, top official step down
By Adam Rittenberg
Penn State announced late Sunday that athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz both are stepping down amid allegations they committed perjury and failed to report alleged sex abuse by former football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The school's Board of Trustees, which held an emergency meeting Sunday night, received requests from both Curley and Schultz to step down. Curley will take administrative leave, while Schultz will retire from his post. Both men are scheduled to turn themselves in Monday, so the announcement isn't a surprise.
Senior associate athletic director Mark Sherburne will serve as Penn State's interim athletic director effective immediately. Sherburne has served as Penn State's senior associate athletic director for administration. A former Penn State football and baseball player, Sherburne served as assistant athletic director for student-athlete services for most of the past decade.
"The board, along with the entire Penn State family, is shocked and saddened by the allegations involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky,” Board of Trustees chairman Steve Garban said. "Under no circumstances does the university tolerate behavior that would put children at risk, and we are deeply troubled."
Spanier said in a statement that the school will take several steps to "increase the safety and security within our facilities and make everyone aware of the protocols."
These include an independent review by external council of the school's policies related to the protection of children. The review will be made public. Also, administrators will review protocols for reporting possible incidents to police and enhance educational programming.
Again, Curley and Schultz stepping aside had to be expected given the seriousness of the case.
The big question forward is what other key figures will be affected by the fallout of a very disturbing case for a proud university.
Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon said head coach Joe Paterno's and president Graham Spanier's jobs were not discussed at the meeting.