PSU: Spanier offered resignation to board

Penn State said former president Graham Spanier offered to

resign last week to university trustees in the wake of the child

sex abuse case that has enveloped the school.

The board announced after a meeting Nov. 9 that it decided

Spanier was ”no longer president.” Spanier said in a statement

the same night ”there is wisdom in a transition in leadership so

that there are no distractions in allowing the university to move


Neither the board, nor Spanier, had specified then if he


School spokeswoman Lisa Powers said in an email Thursday that

Spanier offered his resignation in the best interests of Penn

State. School officials could not immediately confirm whether the

resignation was accepted or whether Spanier was let go


Spanier left the same night the board fired Hall of Fame

football coach Joe Paterno in a tumultuous week that began with

authorities charging former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky

with abusing eight boys over a 15-year span. Pressure mounted on

the school over whether Spanier, Paterno and other leaders should

have done more to prevent alleged abuse.

The board named provost Rod Erickson to replace Spanier on an

interim basis initially. Then at another Nov. 11 board meeting,

Erickson’s ”interim” tag was removed, but school officials said a

search would still occur at an undetermined time in the future.

Powers confirmed a Patriot-News of Harrisburg report that there were no plans to find a


Since last week, ”the board has indicated … that it has put

its full support behind Erickson as the 17th president and we would

not begin the search process,” Powers said. ”They have put their

full faith in his leadership of Penn State.”