P.J. Crowley on Crisis Management at Penn State

Friday, November 11, 2011

Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno watches his team during practice. (Rob Carr/Getty)

Penn State University has been in full-fledged crisis management mode this week. On Wednesday, football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were both removed from their positions. It was an attempt to answer criticism that the university and football program did not do enough to stop assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing young boys on camps over a span of 15 years.

Penn State's legendary success on the football field has long been a tremendous part of the school's identity. But now, university leaders are struggling to keep control of their sterling reputation in light of heinous allegations. Former State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley is an expert message-shaper. He's now part of the Penn State community as Omar Bradley chair in strategic leadership at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

Comments [1]

Margaret from UWS Manhattan

A culture of sex being abused
seems to make us more confused.
We often get rid of the top,
when it's attached to what we need to lop.
Hope there stops to be occasion
for this particular disease of our nation.
The focus should be on how to live
on the planes of attention
that we are right to give.

Nov. 12 2011 11:54 AM

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