Ex-White House counsel to advise Penn St president

Scandal-plagued Penn State University has hired a prominent

Washington attorney and former White House counsel to advise its

new leader.

Lanny Davis served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton.

He now heads a law and crisis management firm.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says Davis ”has been

engaged” to provide legal advice and counsel to Penn State

President Rodney Erickson.

Trustees appointed Erickson last month to replace Graham

Spanier. Spanier resigned under pressure in the wake of child sex

abuse charges against retired assistant football coach Jerry

Sandusky, who maintains his innocence.

Davis also has served on an oversight board for President George

W. Bush. The Centre Daily Times first reported the hiring


Penn State also has a general counsel for the university as a

whole, Cynthia Baldwin.