Penn State trustees are set to formally begin the search for a new president against the backdrop of renewed scrutiny of university governance in light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
Trustees are scheduled Friday to wrap up two days of regularly-scheduled meetings with a full assembly of the board. A vote to officially approve the search for President Rodney Erickson’s replacement is on the agenda.
Erickson took over the post a year ago to replace Graham Spanier, who departed under pressure the same day Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was ousted in the fallout from the sweeping scandal. Erickson has said he intends to retire when his contract expires in June 2014.
The hope is to settle on Erickson’s replacement by next November.