A Nov. 29 Post-Gazette story ("Spanier Receiving $3.3 Million Penn State Package") stated that Graham Spanier, the disgraced former president of Penn State University, will receive a severance and salary package worth nearly $3.3 million in compensation while he awaits trial for his role in allegedly covering up the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
It states that in 2001, Mr. Spanier was paid $3,255,762, which included "his $700,000 salary as president, $82,557 of taxable benefits and one-time compensation totaling $2,473,205." The fact that Mr. Spanier is seeking this money is an insult to PSU families and residents of Pennsylvania. According to Penn State's tuition calculator, a full-time student who attends the main campus pays $8,700 in tuition plus room, board, etc. (around $15,000 per year). Mr. Spanier's $700,000 salary alone would pay for 50 full-time students for four years.
The Penn State Office of Student Conduct states a student may be expelled if the student:
"Constitutes a violation of local, state or federal law, including repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality where the University is located; Indicates that the student may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others; Significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; or is detrimental to the educational interests of the University."
These all apply to Spanier. Students would be expelled, he gets paid. It's a disgrace.
I wonder how much of Mr. Spanier's $3 million could go toward life-long therapy for victims of Jerry Sandusky.
The letter writer is an English instructor at Robert Morris University and sexual abuse survivor.