Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees recently spoke with the media to provide his own personal thoughts on what happened at Penn State. Despite that he indicates he was speaking for himself – he is recognized as the vice-chair. The AP sent out his statements to as many as 900 AP outlets.
To quote the article: “Keith Masser, a Penn State trustee, said in an interview that he initially thought the scandal was about a failure of administrative oversight of the football program. Now he suspects it goes deeper.”
Another quote from the article: “Masser stressed he was speaking for himself and not the board at large, and said he wants to be careful not to draw premature conclusions. But he said it now appears like “top administration officials and top athletic officials were involved in making the decision to not inform the proper authorities.”
What is most troubling about this speculation by Vice-Chair Keith Masser is that the BoT has demonstrated again that they do not understand the corner stone of Due Process. They have again made speculations and accusations against University employees without having all the facts.
Read the responses that some of our members prepared as a result of Keith Masser’s statements.
June 16, 2012
Dear Mr. Masser:
As a life member of the PSAA since 1964, I am embarrassed by your recent statements.
You say that you are speaking only for yourself, but you are the Vice Chairman of the
Board of Trustees publicly passing judgment on Penn State officials before they have had
their day in court. You say that you want to avoid drawing premature conclusions and
then you go on to draw premature conclusions.
The Associated Press sent out your accusations of a cover-up to 900 media outlets. Have
you no understanding of the damage that does to our University? Or are you purposely
trying to divert attention once again from the failings of the Board to act responsibly from
November 9th until now?
You and this dysfunctional Board seem not to understand the basic concept of due
process. If you won’t step down from a position you are obviously not prepared for, at
least have the decency to make no further inflammatory comments.
Gary Levitt, Arts & Letters ’64