2011 had to be the worst year in Penn State’s history. News of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case hit the air waves with millions of American’s wishing and hoping it wouldn’t affect legendary head football coach Joe Paterno. Sadly, evidence came out that not only did Paterno know about the sex abuse, but so did university officials.
As the news came out, both Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were fired. Spanier had served as Penn State’s president since 1995. During that tenure, he was instrumental in working with a program of communication between universities and the FBI on matters of national security.
He became interested in national security and working with the FBI when he learned that a fellow university president was shocked to learn that one of his faculty was under FBI investigation for possible ties to terrorists. To avoid being caught off guard, he brought together other university presidents with the FBI, CIA, Secret Service and the real NCIS.
Yet, the reason for his ouster at Penn State was given that he failed to secure the safety of youth from being sexually abused by Sandusky. Paterno was aware of what Sandusky was doing and reported it to university officials, who in turn did absolutely nothing to stop it from continuing.
It seems that Spanier was more interested in not being surprised to find out that any of his faculty was being investigated than he was in protecting boys from being sexually abused. This would cause me concern and doubt as to just how much someone like Spanier can be trusted to help protect anyone else. If he won’t protect our children, why would we want him put in a place to protect the rest of us?