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How Did GSpan End Up at American Idol?

PSU President Graham Spanier was spotted in the audience during tonight’s episode of @americanidol (via @beckymurdy)less than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet Reply

Last night during American Idol, President Graham Spanier was spotted in the audience of American Idol, which was being filmed in Los Angeles, CA.

Spanier was seated between show host Ryan Seacrest’s father and sister. Spanier explained in an email to’s Adam Smeltz that the two had become acquainted because Seacrest’s father is an alumnus of Penn State.

Spanier was in town for a meeting of the Association of Governing Boards (he serves on the Council of Presidents). The AGB is an association of higher education boards. He was also fitting in a few development visits while in the area, according to Smeltz.

Spanier and Seacrest’s dad had apparently met at a Penn State game against Ohio State in November, 2009. At the game, Seacrest was introduced to Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier, among others.

Some pictures of the game from @RyanSeacrest

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