LYNDON CENTER -- Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino recently participated in a panel discussion on the ramifications, impact and implications of the Freeh Report on higher education. The Freeh Report is an independent investigation commissioned by the Pennsylvania State University board and conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh and his law firm in response to allegations of child abuse by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The report found that the most senior leaders at Penn State had known about allegations of child abuse on Sandusky's part and were complicit in failing to disclose them. The report also highlighted the need for institutions to identify the "sacred cows" on campus.
Bertolino participated with other thought-leaders to discuss compliance, regulations and the need for balanced power in higher education. They also talked about reporting and documentation of incidents, building trust and a safe environment, and the need for effective regular communication among members of a campus community. Bertolino addressed the need for accountability and responsibility in all members of a community and the role "campus culture" plays in policy-making decisions. He pointed out the importance of an external review-specifically where having a "different set of eyes" could make a huge impact. The interview was conducted on Aug. 15.
The panel discussion was part of a webinar series sponsored by PaperClip Communications, a specialty information company that provides online and printed resources for higher education and K-12 administrators.