August 15, 2014
Dear Dr. Barron:
Back in 2012 I wrote to our board and had published a letter to the editor based on my extensive background in Human Resources. I’ve attached a copy.
Just this week, the NCAA issued a statement that essentially agrees with my expert opinion (I use the term expert, not lightly. Before I retired, I had over 30 years experience in HR and was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, held the highest certification in Human Resources, plus I conducted training on human resources and compliance issues).
Whereas in 2012 the NCAA, based on the flawed Freeh report, criticized Joe Paterno and others for not investigating the allegations of Sandusky’s sexual abuse of a child, now the NCAA is saying that no members of athletics should attempt to direct or intervene in a sexual abuse investigation. So now, they have concluded that Joe Paterno was correct in reporting the allegation and then stepping aside. If you will read my letter from 2012, that is exactly what Joe Paterno should have done—and what he did.
So Joe Paterno was fired for doing what he should have done from an HR policy position and from the ultimate position of the NCAA.
Whereas in 2012 the NCAA, based on the flawed Freeh report, criticized Joe Paterno and others for allegedly covering up Sandusky’s abuse, the Pennsylvania state prosecutor Frank Fina addressed the question of whether or not there was any evidence of the involvement of Joe Paterno in a cover up and he replied that no such evidence was found.
So Joe Paterno was fired even though there was no evidence of a cover-up.
The culture of the University was brought into question by the NCAA. Nowhere did the NCAA recognize that, at the time, we had the highest graduation rate of athletes, most academic all Americans, most sought after students for business recruitment, and Penn State was ranked 49th in the WORLD. Please see my letter from 2012 to Mark Emmert attached.
So Joe Paterno was tarnished with the false accusation that Penn State had a football culture.
Our University, MY University, has been dragged through the mud these past few years based on false accusations. These false accusations were further augmented by the silence and lack of defense from the University. I wrote a letter (attached) to the Board expressing the impact on me and other alumni.
With such important supporting evidence of Joe Paterno’s having done the right thing, you have the opportunity to set the record straight and recognize the character of Joe Paterno and the significant contribution he made. Through his efforts he helped build the reputation of the University as a national, no—international, premier institution of higher education. He built student athletes and made a difference in their lives. Now is the time to formally recognize Joe Paterno.
Recognition can be achieved by such actions as: return the statue, name the stadium field Paterno Field, seek the rightful return the 409 record built by success with honor, seek to overturn the sanctions, adopt a culture of standing up for the University, and let the alumni community know the University also believes in success with honor.
the honorable thing.
Peggy L. Glaser, Ph.D.
Letter to Board January 2012
Letter to Mark Emmert September 2012
Letter to Board September 2012
January 22, 2012
[Name Bd of Trustee Member]
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. In training, 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 in conjunction with Human Resources and, as appropriate, 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 Procedures.
Did you, 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 experts.
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, James L. Bauer, class of ’63, shared the same fanaticism. .
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. The University 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 bequest from my will.
I am appalled at the treatment you and the other members of the Board of Trustees, gave Joe Paterno. I am incredibly 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.
September 9, 2012
Mr. Mark Emmert
P. O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Dear Mr. Emmert:
Mr. Emmert, you have totally misread the academic culture at Penn State when you didn’t do your own investigation and when you failed to recognize the powerful academic statistics at Penn State such as—
highest graduation rate of athletes,
most academic all Americans,
most sought after students for business recruitment,
and Penn State is ranked 49th in the WORLD.
These facts were easy to obtain. In reviewing these FACTS as opposed to OPINIONS, how could you conclude Penn State has a football culture that puts football ahead of academics? As if that isn’t enough, you then overstepped your boundaries at the same time. A recipe for major failure on your part.
I find it interesting that there have been a number of college football related scandals lately and yet you have found no reason to penalize these other schools. For example, you found UNC guilty of zero violations. Only months ago, the University had fraudulent classes with poor oversight in the African and Afro-American Studies classes. Some classes consisted of only football players. Very interesting. But evidently, you found UNC to be in violation of not even one rule. Very interesting … and very hypocritical.
You claim to be worried that academics can be held to lesser standards when sports become too all powerful. Sounds like UNC, not Penn State. Penn State has 87% of the football team you sanctioned graduating annually. How does this FACT get overlooked when you are looking for “culture” problems. Then you assign an academic integrity monitor? How does that jive with Penn State’s ACADEMIC culture? Seems to me that this academic integrity monitor would be better placed at UNC.
A football culture at Penn State? No, we are fanatics for our university, not just our football team!
You are SO WRONG, Mr. Emmert.
Peggy Glaser, Ph.D.
LETTER TO BOARD
September 15, 2012
Chief Executive Officer, Financial Markets & Treasury Services
The Bank of New York Mellon
One Wall Street
New York, NY 10286
Dear Ms. Peetz:
This is a letter about passion. My friends and family and I have often joked about how Penn State alumni are fanatical about Penn State. Our passion for our University is unlike any other school. I honestly believe that.
My passion is still strong. But it is expressed often through tears. I cry over the loss of my fanaticism.
My emotions have changed to devastation, sadness, and even anger over the too many losses. I once held my head high. Now it is with conscious thought that I force myself to hold my head up high while I wait in dread for the negative comments to fly at me from all kinds of unexpected sources.
I cry over the tremendous misrepresentation in the media about Penn State. I cry over the cruel things people say about my school. I cry over the loss of a wonderful reputation. I cry over the injustice of the placement of blame on everything Penn State instead of on Sandusky, the Second Mile, the Attorney General, the District Attorney, the Governor, law enforcement, social services, and others where it rightfully belongs. I cry over the loss of a great man, Joe Paterno. I cry over the hurtful things people say about Joe Paterno. I cry over the mishandling of the crisis by the Board of Trustees. I cry over the continued lack of understanding and lack of recognition by the Board of Trustees of what I and my fellow alumni have lost, of how we feel, of how you have destroyed what we have valued so highly for so many years, and especially how you have almost made us ashamed and afraid to say we are from Penn State..
Do you have any idea what you have done to us, your valued alumni? You don’t. That is evident in your strategy of acceptance—of the media’s demands, of blame, of the Freeh report, of the sanctions. It is evident in how you callously fired an icon. If I wanted to write a case study that demonstrated how not to handle a crisis, this would be it.
I watched the BOT meeting yesterday. It was exciting to me that questions would be heard from the audience. But once again I cried. Why? Because you refuse to examine
anything other than the governance recommendations of the Freeh report. You diminished us once again by not making sure the conclusions were sound and based on sound facts and information. You diminish us by not asking questions and looking around you. You diminished us by not fighting for us and with us--not fighting for what we were proud of, what we valued, what we helped create.
I am hurting. I am heartbroken. Because you do not recognize our truths and you do not fight for us and for the glory of Penn State. For whatever reason, you failed us and continue to fail us. You damage us by letting the media and the public believe Penn State and the former leaders at Penn State were evil. You belittle what Joe Paterno did for the University through your actions and your silence. You did this by showing no faith in him even in the face of the great things he did for Penn State. You chose to forget. You did this even in the face of knowing he was retiring. But you couldn’t wait. You did this even in the face of knowing what his strong value system was and his focus on students. But you somehow thought he would neglect to protect children. .You did this by firing him and then remaining silent. You did not defend him or the University or us, the alumni. You did this by taking down the statue. Once again demonstrating to the world you believe the worst. Maybe you think what you believe makes Penn State better? It hasn’t made the public think any better of us. It is certainly not what I believe.
I believe in standing up for what is right and fighting injustice. I do not believe in rolling over and playing dead as a strategy for righting wrongs. I do not believe in burying my head in the sand and hoping the issues will go away. That is why I do not fade into the background and move on.
You have damaged me; you have damaged the alumni, you have damaged the reputation of a great University; you have damaged our self-esteem; you have damaged our standing in the eyes of others; you have damaged our pride; you have damaged our personal reputations; you have damaged our fanaticism.
How could you?
Peggy Bauer Glaser, Ph.D.
Class of 1970