June 7, 2012
Dear Penn Stater,
There is no doubt that the Penn State community continues to face challenging times, particularly as the Sandusky trial began this week. The last year has been difficult for our entire community, from students, alumni, faculty and staff to countless others who care deeply about Penn State. We've heard from many of you who are supportive of the steps being taken at the University; we appreciate that support, and we also respect and continue to listen to the opinions of those who may disagree.
For all of us who serve on the Board of Trustees, our greatest priority is maintaining Penn State's long-standing qualities of integrity, responsibility, service to the community and excellence in academics.
That is why, as we learn from and take action to address the past, we remain accountable to actively governing to ensure the greatest propriety in all of Penn State's activities. I want you to know that we are dedicated to working with President Rodney Erickson to address the crisis and its related issues, and we will continue to accelerate our efforts in this area.
In that spirit, I will be providing monthly updates like this one detailing the Board's actions and activities, which will be shared on the recently launched new version of the Board's website at http://www.psu.edu/trustees online. The site continues our pledge for greater openness by providing more and better information to the Penn State community and beyond. It includes information about the Board's responsibilities, upcoming meetings, minutes and agendas, and recent news.
Additionally, you also may find the University's re-launched website at http://www.progress.psu.edu a helpful source of information about ongoing legal matters, as well as updates on the initiatives Penn State has put in place to address the serious issue of child abuse. I encourage you to check out this website as often as you can.
During the last few months, many Penn Staters have sought information on the Board, its authority and its responsibilities, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain our role at the University.
The Board of Trustees is the independent, corporate body established by the University's charter with "complete responsibility for the government and welfare of the University and a