Successor to PSU's Schultz named
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A Penn State University graduate has been named senior vice president for finance and business, succeeding Gary Schultz, the former administrator charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
David J. Gray's appointment, announced Wednesday, will become effective Feb. 6.
The university's board of trustees is slated to vote on the appointment at its January meeting.
Mr. Gray, 57, has been treasurer and senior vice president for administration, finance and technology at the University of Massachusetts for 11 years.
His last day there will be Feb. 3.
In his new role at Penn State, Mr. Gray will oversee areas including investment management, legal services, school police, human resources and endowment activities.
Mr. Gray will play a "key role" in strategic planning and efficiency improvement, according to a news release.
The Penn State alumnus has a bachelor's and master's degree from the university. He is a native of Williamsport, Lycoming County.
Mr. Gray held several positions with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education from 1983-2000. He also worked for the state House Republican research staff and was with the governor's Office of Management and Budget for the New Jersey Treasury Department.
Mr. Gray's predecessor, Mr. Schultz, returned to retirement last month after the Sandusky case broke.
Prosecutors say Mr. Schultz, 62, tried to mislead the grand jury investigating allegations that Mr. Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for Penn State's football team, molested young boys between 1994 and 2009.
Mr. Schultz faces a preliminary hearing Friday in Harrisburg along with Timothy M. Curley, 57, who is on leave from his position as Penn State's athletic director. Mr. Curley also is charged with perjury and failure to report the possible sexual abuse of a child.
-- Jonathan D. Silver
The state House of Representatives approved a measure on Wednesday to create an 11-member task force, which will review the state's child abuse laws in response to the recent Penn State sexual abuse allegations.
The Senate passed an identical resolution on Tuesday, allowing for the panel to be created within the next month.
That panel will be made up of three members appointed by House leaders, three by Senate leaders, four by Gov. Tom Corbett and a representative of the Department of Public Welfare. Those selected by the governor will include a district attorney, a victims' advocate, someone familiar with county children's services and a member of the general public.
Various state children's advocacy groups say they have been calling for a task force for months and have applauded the move.
The state task force will meet at least five times next year and issue a report of its findings by the end of November.
-- Laura Olson
First Published December 15, 2011 12:00 am