• Petitioned Penn State Board of Trustees

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Penn State Board of Trustees

Remove President Rodney Erickson from Office

    1. Audra Hochreiter
    2. Petition by

      Audra Hochreiter

      Newville, PA

Rodney Erickson agreed to NCAA sanctions without consulting with the Penn State Board of Trustees. This goes against what the Board agreed needed to happen as a result of the Freeh Report: That the President needed to inform the Board of major decisions that affect the University.

While the NCAA used the Penn State funded Freeh Report to issue it's consequences, this does not mean that Penn State had to accept all of the sanctions.  President Erickson should have consulted with the entire Board of Trustees to determine whether the University wanted to disagree or appeal any of the sanctions.

Penn State students, alumni, and friends of the University are interested in learning the facts and allowing more evidence to come out from the upcoming trials.  We are not interested in "quick fixes" and "moving forward" without knowing the truth.  People of character stand up for the truth and what is right, and accept responsibility for their actions.  We are still waiting for the truth, not one man's opinion and a media trial. 

Rodney Erickson did exactly what Graham Spanier was accused of doing: making unilateral decisions without letting the BoT know what was going on.  Even if you want to accept the Freeh Report as the absolute truth, Rodney Erickson has violated one of the recommendations of that Report.  That is not moving forward.

Either way, Rodney Erickson is NOT Penn State, and he needs to be removed from office.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Lost momentum

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      I will continue to look for opportunities to get this out... I'm sure that President Erickson has not made his last mistake....

    2. Emailing individual BoT members

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, I messaged Anthony Lubrano through FB, and this morning I did the same with Adam Taliafaro. I thought they were the most likely to inform the rest of the BoT. I have not heard back form my email to the BoT from the PSU website. I guess I'll have to make a checklist and start emailing the BoT one by one!

      Keep signing and passing this on!!!

    3. I emailed the BoT

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      I let them know that we are unhappy with what has happened with the Freeh Report and the NCAA sanctions, and that we want some REAL leadership at Old Main. We need someone who will do what they are "supposed to do," which in this case would have been to notify the entire BoT of the NCAAs proposed sanctions prior to agreeing to it. We also need someone who will stand up for what is right and true, and that is not happening now. I let them know that in 2 days, over 700 people signed a petition to remove Rodney Erickson from his office, and gave them a link so they could look for themselves.

      I will post an update if I hear any response. If I don't, I'll be looking for contact info for individual Board members in the near future....

      Keep tweeting, posting and emailing!

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Over 500 in the first day!!!!

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      The BoT may need an update tomorrow!!! Keep 'em coming!

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Over 400 signatures in a few short hours!

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      I intend to update members of the BoT as we reach some more significant milestones. I think they sent us all a link where we could contact them, didn't they?

    8. 300!!!

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      Keep sharing the link!

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. 200!!!

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      We're not ready to make a statement yet!!!

    11. Over 100 signatures in less than 2 hours!!!

      Audra Hochreiter
      Petition Organizer

      Keep 'em coming! Let's fill the stadium ;-)

    12. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • William Porter CHMABERSBURG, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      It was a travesty to sign. Worried about court? Ever hear of an injunction. Had he had the FreehFICTION report reviewed by a legal team he could have told Emmert to shove it. But the whole Old Guard BOT is complicit in this. The whole lot of them (Old Guard BOT) need to go.

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    • Sam Slowinski GAINESVILLE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am appalled that the BOT of PSU, my grad school, treated Joe Paterno like dirt and didn't even defend a great and relatively clean football program. Tops in academics. Once the media circus and lynch mob took over, the goodness and righteousness was destroyed by weak people who love to attack uprightness to justify their defects. Shame on Erickson and the BOT.

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    • Mitch Steinman CHESTER SPRINGS, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I agree with Andrew Pitz. We are missing justice and the Trustees and President just laid down. Also because Penn State, alumni and students were penalized without satisfactory proof of any wrongdoing. The Trustees should be fired for firing, Spanier and Paterno who were not implicated for any crimes and could not wait until the legal matters were heard. The Freeh Report is reportedly flawed by not interviewing all parties concerned. The Trustees left Penn State defenseless by firing its President who did not agree with NCAA penalites and is now open to another 100 million dollars in lawsuites- all without adequate proof that Penn Stae is even at fault. The President should be fired for working unilaterally and not getting approval from the Trustees on teh NCAA sanctions. The NCAA needs to be sued for "extortion" scaring the President to sign the sanctions or lose the football program. The NCAA has no proof and is purel conjecture that Paterno or Spanier was protecting the school's reputation in front of the safety of the abused children so why are we paying for this.

      I think the alumni should get together and form a lawsuit against the NCAA and get PSU's reputation and legacy back. Who else is willing to join such a cause?

      Sincerely,

      Mitch Steinman, Ph.D

      PSU Alumni

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    • Barb Newton CHAMBERSBURG, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Audra asked me to and I trust her judgement - always.

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    • Beverly Bella MURRYSVILLE, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I think you know the reason!

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