September 16, 2014

Spannier sues Freeh

Penn State’s former president Graham Spanier filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against Louis Freeh, the former FBI director, on Thursday.  It was a year ago when Freeh produced a report for Penn State that was critical of Spanier’s role in the child sex abuse scandal involving assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier’s filing actually came a day before the one-year anniversary of the release of Freeh’s Report, which concluded that Spanier, along with late coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State administrators failed to protect children against Sandusky. Spanier served as Chancellor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1991 to 1995.

Spanier was president of Penn State since 1995. Dr. Spanier served as Chancellor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1991 to 1995 and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1991.