January 22, 2012
Marianne Alexander [to each member]
Board of Trustees
The Pennsylvania State University
205 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1571
Dear Ms. Alexander:
I write to you as a
Human Resources Professional and Penn State graduate. I believe what
I have to say is important and worth your time reading this letter.
Prior to retiring, I
was a Senior Vice President of Human Resources and held the highest
certification in HR -- Senior Professional in Human Resources. I have
a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and have worked in a variety of
industries including banking, retail, finance, telecommunications,
and non-profits, and, in addition, I was a Human Resources Consultant
for an east coast consulting firm.. In all of these HR roles, I was
responsible for developing the training for our managers in handling
difficult human relations. The very first thing I insisted all
managers do was “Get Help.” I explained that meant going
to your manager and going to Human Resources or Security. The
managers were also told that in particularly sensitive situations,
they would not be handling the investigation, but were to maintain
confidentiality while the experts handled the situation -- those
experts being higher management with Human Resources and/or Security.
Based on my own
professional background, Joe Paterno did exactly what I, as an expert
in human resources, taught and built into our Policies and
Did you, Marianne
Alexander, as a Trustee, “Get Help”? It doesn’t
seem to me that you did. At least not the right kind of help
I would never terminate
an employee who Got Help and turned a sensitive situation over to the
I have been Penn State
Proud since I first attended Penn State in 1966, the same year Joe
Paterno became Head Coach of football at the University. My friends
and family have known me as a Penn State fanatic. My brother, class
of ’63, was the same.
That is not the case now.
I know President
Erickson has stated that donations to Penn State have remained
strong. I have supported Penn State every year since I graduated.
You will not receive any additional donations from me as long as this
Board of Trustees exists.
In my will, I currently
have a major donation earmarked for Penn State. Tomorrow I contact
my lawyer to remove that donation from my will.
I am appalled at the
treatment you, Marianne Alexander, and the other members of the Board
of Trustees, gave Joe Paterno. I am incredible sad, as well as
angry. I mourn the loss of a great man—Joe Paterno.
Not so Penn State proud anymore,
Peggy L. Glaser, Ph.D.
(Margaret L. Bauer while attending Penn State, Class of 1970)
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