Minutes of November Board Meeting PSU




November 11, 2011

A meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Alumni Ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park,

Pennsylvania, at 9:50 a.m. on November 11, 2011.

The following Trustees were present: Garban (chairman), Surma (vice chairman), Alexander, Allan, Arnelle,

Broadhurst, Clemens, Corbett, Dambly, Deviney, DiBerardinis, Eckel, Erickson, Frazier, Greig, Hayes,

Hetherington, Hintz, Jones, Joyner, Khoury, Lubert, Masser, Myers, Peetz, Riley, Shaffer, Silvis, Strumpf,

Suhey, Surma, and Tomalis; Governor’s Representative Branstetter; and Trustees Emeriti Brosius,

Coppersmith, Huck, Junker, Metzgar, Robinson, Rowell, and Wolff.

Present by invitation were faculty representatives Backer, Hagen, and Hufnagel; student representatives Bard,

and Lozano; staff members Ammerman, Baldwin, DiEugenio, Foley, Hanes, Kirsch, Mahon, Mulroy-

Degenhart, Pangborn, Paz, Poole, Sims, and Weidemann.

Chairman Garban thanked and introduced Dr. Rodney Erickson as the President of The Pennsylvania State

University. He noted that all on the Board pledged support to President Erickson and the administrative team

as we work together and collectively for the future of this institution that we love. President Erickson was met

with a standing ovation and his remarks are included below in their entirety:

“Thank you, Chairman Garban, I am honored and humbled by your appointment of

me as president. I want to thank you for placing your confidence in me–and the other

members of Penn State’s administrative team as we move forward. We are indeed a team,

one that pulls together day-in-and-day-out.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce my wife, Shari, who is a wonderfully loyal

Penn Stater despite being a University of Iowa Hawkeye. She’s been the love of my life for

the past 43 years since we first met, and she keeps me well grounded.

“As you know, I’ve been with Penn State for more than 34 years, and I am deeply

committed to this institution, first and foremost to our students; and to those who make it

happen every day-our faculty and staff; and to those who have great pride and a sense of

family in Penn State-our alumni and friends reaching from the Commonwealth to the far

corners of the world.

“I accept this new leadership role under circumstances that I never could have

imagined. It has been truly difficult to comprehend the terrible nature of the allegations that

were revealed in the Attorney General’s presentment last week. My heart aches for the

victims and their families, and my mind searches for answers, like millions of others across

the nation.

“This is a tragedy for many lives, and it will take all of us some time to come to grips

with the full magnitude of all the damage that has been done.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for your leadership and guidance through this

difficult time. Your deliberations and decisive actions have now set a course for the

University’s future.

“Later today we will hear of the formation of a Special Committee to undertake a full

and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report.

Healing cannot occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed and

how we can prevent such tragedies in the future.

“I am grateful for the Board’s commitment to Penn State’s mission and your

stewardship of the University. Each of you shares my personal resolve to re-energize our

commitment to be the best that we can be, individually and collectively, to strive for

excellence in everything that we do, and to represent the highest standards for honesty and



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