Tag Archives: Penn State


Leadership, the University Brand, Abuse, and Our Duty

What does it take to be a leader? I think it takes bravery, strength, discretion, integrity, intelligence, the ability to bring people together around a common cause, and charisma. What does it take to be a leader in American higher education? It takes all of these qualities plus the ability to figure out when the bottom line must be sacrificed for the overall education and good of society and its individual members.

We’ve read many stories as of late about the sexual abuse at Penn State and t…


A Culture of Evasion

The dreadful scandal at Penn State reached another level on July 12, with the 250-page report of former FBI director Louis Freeh to the university’s board of trustees, culminating a seven-month independent investigation. The report makes clear the complicity of senior officials at the university in covering up convicted child molester and former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual assaults on children. The officials include head football coach, the late Joe Paterno, university p…


Speak Up! We’re Talking About Our Children

In the coming days and months, we will likely find out more and more about the sexual-abuse scandal at the Pennsylvania State University. Years of covering up horrible acts are unraveling in front of our eyes. Presidents and coaches are being fired for their lack of judgment, lack of care, and in some cases horrific crimes. Victims are speaking out.

What does this incident teach us? It teaches us that we must speak up when we see wrongs being committed. Colleges and universities are the pla…


Is Academic Freedom a License to Indoctrinate?

I woke up this morning in a dream in which I was touring a large university with a guide. In good dream-logic, we were starting from the roof of a main building and descending floor by floor. On the top floor, I was impressed to see students in practice rooms learning to play drums, flailing away in various arrhythmic spasms. Good, I thought. They are getting a feel for the instrument. Then we descended to the next floor, and I was surprised to find more practice rooms with more students beatin…