The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 11th, 2014
Even the banished have their company.
Graham B. Spanier saw his towering reputation as Pennsylvania State
University’s president left in tatters in the wake of a sex-abuse
scandal, and many of his old allies have faded away.
But a few people are gathering in the corner of this ousted
administrator, who is fighting to clear his name in court and to
rehabilitate his image in public.
More than 20 months have passed since Mr. Spanier was charged with
what prosecutors call a conspiracy to cover up the crimes of Jerry
Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach who was
convicted, in 2012, on 45 counts related to child molestation. With Mr.
Spanier’s criminal trial looming, a loose affiliation of lawyers,
trustees, professors, investigative bloggers, and a high-profile
public-relations executive have formed a protective circle around the