Alumni Trustees Demand Access to Freeh Documents
By Steve Bauer
A coalition of Penn State trustees — all of them elected by university alumni — is now formally requesting access to documents that were compiled as part of the controversial Freeh investigation.
In a letter sent to board chair Keith Masser, the nine alumni-elected trustees claim they have a duty to review documents used in the Freeh investigation.
Trustee Anthony Lubrano, an outspoken critic of the Freeh Report says in a news release, “We have a very clear fiduciary obligation to verify the veracity of the information used by Louis Freeh to condemn the culture of Penn State.”
Adds trustee Al Lord, “Louis Freeh and his report greatly damaged the reputation of Penn State. … As fiduciaries of Penn State, we have a both a legal as well as a moral obligation to ask questions about such an inherently incomplete work product.”
In their letter, the alumni-elected trustees state that the Freeh Report is “challenged by many as deeply flawed and substantially incomplete. It goes on to say “…our ability as Trustees to fully and independently evaluate the findings and conclusions of the Freeh Group rests on our access to this information.”
The alumni-elected trustees cite the recent release of NCAA emails as cause for concern. In those emails officials for the athletic organization call the threat of sanctions against Penn State “a bluff” and suggest that NCAA staffers were “banking on the fact [the] school is so embarrassed they will do anything.”
The trustees are requesting a response by Monday. Board chair Keith Masser did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, Penn State spokesperson David La Torre says, “Chair Masser has received the letter and has it under review.”
The letter can be read in its entirety below: