PSU trustee stepping down

Penn State trustee Al Clemens is stepping down from the board, he revealed Friday in a letter.

Clemens wrote that he thinks it’s time for a fresh crop of trustees to take the reins.

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

Clemens is involved in the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA and wrote in the letter that he will “always regret” his involvement in the firing of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by the board by phone on Nov. 9, 2011, as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

Clemens has served on the Penn State Board of Trustees for 18 years after being appointed by then-Gov. Tom Ridge.

For more, read Saturday’s edition of the Altoona Mirror.