Thank you note after meeting with Stephanie Deviney
March 27, 2013
March 27, 2013
Ms. Stephanie Deviney
211 Kathleen Way
Glenmoore, PA 19343
Re: Our meeting this morning
I want to thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. It meant a lot to me to hear your views and to have you hear my views as well. I was impressed by your desire to contribute to the further advancement of Penn State as a strong, premier institution of higher education. I certainly agree with you that good things are happening out of the bad such as a new General Counsel, new Public Relations firm, VP of Human Resources, revisions to the board structure, new committees, outstanding candidates for open positions, better communications and inclusion, and many other advancements and improvements.
There are still, however, aspects of the bad that still need to be addressed. You expressed concern that there didn't seem to be anything the board could do that could turn around the feelings and opinions of the alumni. I think you saw from me how passionate I and other alumni are about our University and how strongly we feel about Joe Paterno. The board can make an impact on our outrage by righting the wrong done to Joe Paterno. Although I recognize no one can turn back the clock and undo what was done, the board can acknowledge their mistakes-- not just the mistake of firing Joe Paterno by telephone. As we discussed, it was a mistake not to have discussions with Joe. It was a mistake not to have legal input from a specialist in human resources. It was a mistake not knowing about the retirement agreement with Spanier. It was a mistake not to explore other alternatives. It was a mistake to remain silent. It was a mistake to not have a good PR firm. As we discussed, the mistake after mistake after mistake resulted in damage to not just Joe Paterno, but to all of us associated with Penn State. It has hit all of the alumni very hard and that includes both of us.
I hope you will be an advocate for the alumni on this important issue.
Again, thank you for your time and your sincere interest in hearing my views. I hope we can continue our dialogue.
Peggy L. Glaser, Ph.D.