Changes continue for Penn State board of trustees

Penn State trustee Al Clemens resigned from the board Friday, citing the firing of Joe Paterno and the trustees’ acceptance of the report filed by Louis Freeh as major mistakes made as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

Clemens has served on the board since 1995, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Tom Ridge. He said it’s time for a new crop of trustees to take the reins.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced that Clemens and fellow trustee Ira Lubert would be replaced in the coming months. Clemens will leave the board when the new trustees are approved by the state senate.

“While I will continue to advocate for Penn State, I step down from the board in keeping within the spirit of our vote for 12-year term limits,” Clemens wrote in his letter of resignation. “It is time for new leaders to step forward.”

Clemens said Paterno’s Nov. 9, 2011, firing – which was done over the phone – was a decision made by a board that has “little advance notice or opportunity to discuss and consider the complex issues we faced.”

The meeting where Paterno and former Penn State President Graham Spanier were removed from their jobs, he said, was “hastily called.”