STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The arduous task of rebuilding Penn State's shattered image began Friday with a meeting of the university's board of trustees -- the group that fired football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier this week amid a child sex abuse case against retired assistant Jerry Sandusky.
In front of an overflow crowd at a meeting that was moved from a hotel boardroom to a ballroom to accommodate more people, the trustees opened with chairman Steve Garban welcoming interim president Rod Erickson. Gov. Tom Corbett was also on hand to help the board navigate a course through the turmoil.
Erickson said that his heart aches for the victims and their families, and that his role will be to restore confidence in the school's future, adhere to the highest standards of honesty and integrity and let Penn Staters know the university's future is still bright.