Following an executive session Sunday night, members of Penn State’s Board of Trustees and President Graham Spanier received a request from athletic director Tim Curley to be placed on administrative leave so he can “devote the time needed to defend himself against recent allegations” by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
In addition, Gary Schultz, interim senior vice president for finance and business, will step down so that he also can defend himself and return to retirement.
Both men have been charged with failure to report and perjury. Both deny any wrongdoing.
“The board, along with the entire Penn State family, is shocked and saddened by the allegations involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky,” Steve Garban, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, said in a news release. “Under no circumstances does the University tolerate behavior that would put children at risk, and we are deeply troubled.”
Sandusky retired from the University in 1999.