PSU board leaders: Al Lord should step down

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A day after Al Lord said he would not seek re-election to Penn State’s board of trustees in the wake of his comments about Jerry Sandusky’s victims, the board leadership indicated that’s not good enough.


Board President Ira Lubert and Vice President Mark Dambly have called on Lord to resign his seat.

“Trustee Al Lord’s remarks about the brave victims of Jerry Sandusky were offensive and embarrassing to the majority of the members of the Penn State board of trustees, the university community and all victims of sexual assault,” the men said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “We strongly condemn them. Members of this board must hold themselves to a higher standard and represent our university with respect for all.”





Lord told The Chronicle of Higher Education he was “running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth.” His comments came the day after former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was convicted by a Dauphin County jury of misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Lord, a long-time Spanier supporter, attended the trial, where one of Sandusky’s victims testified.

Lord, one of nine alumni-elected trustees, could not be reached for immediate comment.

Former chairman and CEO of student lender Sallie Mae, Lord was elected to the board in 2014 and his term was due to expire later this year.















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