July 19th, 2012
11:31 PM ET

Penn State board member resigns over Sandusky scandal

Steve Garban resigned Thursday from the Penn State Board of Trustees, becoming the first board member to step down following the release of a scathing report that found it was part of the failure that allowed a longtime sexual predator to prey on boys at the school.

Garban's resignation follows last week's release of an internal review conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh that found Penn State's most powerful leader showed "total and consistent disregard" for child sex abuse victims and covered up attack's by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

"After absorbing the findings of the Freeh Report last week, the Board of Trustees accepted responsibility for the failures of governance that took place on our watch. Following the release of the report, you also asked each member of the Board to evaluate our individual paths forward," Garban wrote in his resignation letter to board chairwoman Karen Peetz.

"It is clear to me that my presence on the Board has become a distraction and an impediment to your efforts to move forward and continue the Board's most important work."

Garban served as chairman of the Board of Trustees when the scandal broke and stepped down following Sandusky's arrest.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Which leads me to ask this. Is Penn State going allow itself to literally shut itself down, without weighing in of it's positive elements contributing to higher education? Or is Penn State simply shutting it's door because of two people?

    July 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plausable

      Only 2 people? I am not suggesting that they should shut down. Let's be realistic there are more people that knew of these perversions and atrocities.

      July 20, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • sckc

      Have you read either the Grand Jury or Freeh reports? Responsibility for this tragedy is shared by the Board, coaches, senior administration, janitors, outside counsel, in-house counsel, University Police........good grief....all these people enabled Sandusky in very real ways. There are indications that the University still does not get it – (i.e. honoring the contract to a dead man who was fired for cause).

      July 20, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Drink live olive oil? OMG! i like turkey pepporoni (porkless diet).

    July 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rafael Reynal

    Only 2 people? How about all the abused kids? Does anyone remembers them? Many where abused on campus, at Penn State. They were abused by a university assistant coach. They were abused in front of many others who chose to ignore it or, much worst, conceal it. These were authorities within the campus, not just anybody. Just 2 people? Where do you get your logic from?

    July 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Church Of The Poisoned Mind

    They need to do a thorough housecleaning at PS. Top to bottom. Anyone who had knowledge of this needs to go, and go NOW...I don't care who they are!

    July 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. solution

    There is a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in their area they should all be given a free ticket.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Oh I see !

    How come resigned sounds like im quitting instead of your fired and never to work in this type of field again

    July 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    Just reported today on ESPN that the Paterno statue has been taken down and moved into the stadium somewhere. PSU will receive "unprecedented" punishment from the NCAA, but will not include the "death penalty." Announcement of punishment will be made tomorrow at 9 a.m. NCAA has been given the authority to also use non-traditional forms of punishment. ESPN reports punishment will include loss of bowl games and scholarships for the football program.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |

    all reminders of JoePa need to go...statue...buildings named after him...all of it.the priority is for the guys molested...not the perpretators or those covered for them... There comes a time when the discrace needs to be felt for many years to come by those who covered for Sandusky....The NCAA needs to give them the Death Penalty as a lesson to other possible Prima Donnas who would try to do as Sandusky did...

    July 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greek American

    @joe has to go
    I agree with you and it sounds as if the NCAA is going to come down hard on PSU, as is deserved. From what I have read, the reason for not initiating the death penalty is because they can't say these acts gave the school any type of advantage in winning games, which is why the penalty exists. It was given out only once and that school, SMU, is still feeling the pain. But they were essentially paying athletes to play, for several years. Nonetheless, I'm curious to hear what the penalties will be.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dr. M

    These indefensible behaviors are limited to athletics, university law enforcement, coaching staff, and upper administration. It is highly unlikely any members of the board of trustees was involved in this cover up. I do not believe that the NCAA should have taken any action against the team members or their past accomplishments. I hope that individual players sue them for defamation and loss of their status. The NCAA wants to look tough, then take them out.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |