The Jerry Sandusky verdict late last Friday evening was the first step in a long journey toward healing for the brave young men who testified, their families, Penn State, and our surrounding communities. The last seven months have shaken many of us in Penn State World Campus and Continuing Education at University Park to our core, but it has been a help to focus our energy on our students during these difficult days.
You may be questioning what kind of an impact, if any, the Sandusky trial and subsequent investigations will have on the value of the Penn State degree you’re working so hard and sacrificing so much to achieve.
Here is what I believe: Penn State is my home, and the events of the last seven months will not negate the pride that I feel to be a Penn Stater.
I’ve been a part of the Penn State family for almost 32 years, having earned both my master’s and doctorate degrees from the University and spending my entire professional career here. My wife also received her master’s degree from Penn State, three of our five children graduated from Penn State, and one of our sons was a member of the Penn State Blue Band.
Being a Penn Stater means being part of a world-class institution that helps prepare students of all ages to succeed in today’s workplace. In fact, the University was recently ranked among the top 100 colleges by more than 400 recruiters from companies across the United States. Our students are among the best academically in the country, and they are on the leading edge in their fields when they graduate.
You are a part of this exceptional family, and I hope that you will join me in remaining steadfast in the months to come about the good things that Penn State has done—and will continue to do as it learns from this tragedy and moves forward in building a stronger University.
Let me assure you that we are committed to providing you with the quality education you expect from Penn State.
Visit progress.psu.edu for the latest information on the University’s ongoing legal matters and updates on the initiatives being put in place to address the serious issue of child abuse.
I invite you to share your thoughts with me via a comment below or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director, World Campus
Associate Vice President for Academic Outreach, Penn State