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Alumni Trustees Call for Meeting To Discuss Settlement, Consent Decree

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The nine alumni-elected trustees on Penn State’s board lettered chairman Keith Masser on Wednesday, calling for a special meeting to discuss the university’s stance on the consent decree that agreed to the NCAA’s sanctions and the settlement talks between the NCAA and the Commonwealth over the decree.

The lawsuit between the NCAA and Pennsylvania over the Endowment Act that will keep the $60 million fine within the state was put on hold for 30 days so that a settlement might be reached. The NCAA has sued Pennsylvania over the legality of that act. The alumni trustees wrote, in the letter posted to the PS4RS Facebook group, that “our Board is generally uninformed about these important negotiations and is certainly divided in its views about the NCAA Consent Decree and related sanctions.” The trustees asked that the meeting be held August 22 or some other time during the week of August 18 to handle time restrictions.

The trustees also display more unrest over the consent decree. When a Commonwealth Court ruled that the fine money should stay in the state in April, judge Anne E. Covey blasted the validity of the NCAA sanctions and the Board’s role in accepting them. That court also called for Penn State to be made a party to the case. The trustees wrote that the board does not have an official stance on the acceptance of the decree and that should also be discussed prior to the settlement.

According to the trustees’ letter, the commonwealth requested Penn State take an official stance on the consent decree “in the form of a full board.”

“Yet to date most of the Board has been excluded from these conversations. Only secret meetings that you and the legal subcommittee hold have addressed the subject,” they wrote.

This is the second notable action by members of the alumni trustees since their last meeting at Penn State Schuylkill. There, trustee Al Lord proposed a resolution that the Board complete the Freeh investigation on account of its many “unfinished matters.” A vote was tabled at the time because of privacy those discussions necessitated.

Below is the letter in full, signed by all of the alumni trustees and uploaded by Scott Kimler. The trustees’ next meeting is currently slated for Sept. 20.

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