Posted November 07, 2012 on
AP on Fox
The former Penn State president accused of covering up reports of sexual molestation by retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky earned $2.5 million in severance last year, the school said Wednesday.
Graham Spanier's total taxable income was $3.3 million in 2011, the university said. That included $700,000 in salary, $83,000 in taxable benefits and the severance money, which will be paid by 2017, the school said.
Spanier was forced out of the job after Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.
He said he was not aware the school had made his earnings public, and declined to comment. He remains a tenured faculty member but is on leave.
Spanier was charged four weeks ago with engaging in an alleged cover-up of abuse committed by Sandusky. Spanier and co-defendants Gary Schultz and Tim Curley are asking to postpone their Dec. 13 preliminary hearing.
Their recent court filings have focused on the role played by former university chief counsel Cynthia Baldwin, and all three defendants have argued their charges should be thrown out.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz are accused of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury.
Curley is on leave to serve out the final year of his contract as athletic director, and Schultz, is retired as vice president for business and finance.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Up by 20 points, or down 20.
A preseason practice in an empty gym, or a Big Ten road game with title implications on the line.
No matter the situation, Penn State's enthusiasm doesn't seem to waver.
Confident and collected, the eighth-ranked Lady Lions are the preseason Big Ten favorites. Senior point guard Alex Bentley leads the way for a veteran team with the potential...
Penn State at No. 16 Nebraska (BCS rankings)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN 2
Line: Nebraska -7.5
Nebraska looks to carry the Big Ten banner proudly in their second season in the conference as the postseason looms. The Huskers are the highest ranked team in the BCS standings (thanks to Ohio State's ineligibility), and look to keep the momentum going this week when Penn...
Two big names in college football history squaring off against each other with conference title hopes on the line. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.
This is another chance for members of this football team to play in a great atmosphere. Another chance for them to play on a national stage. Another chance to showcase Bill O’Brien’s team...
It's year two of the Patrick Chambers era in Happy Valley and year one saw this team build a very solid foundation despite a last place finish in the Big Ten. That foundation is on the back of one of the best players in the conference, Tim Frazier.
Expecting miracles and a year in and year out contender in just two years at Penn State is asking a bit much, but if you believe...
Nebraska looks to keep control of it's fate in the Legends Division with Penn State coming to town.
Somehow, some way, there's no letdown for Penn State away from Happy Valley.
Three Big Ten games away from home, three blowouts.
But after scoring big wins at Illinois, Iowa and plunging Purdue on the road, the surprising Nittany Lions will encounter their biggest road test of the season Saturday with a trip to No. 18 Nebraska.
''We've been playing well on the...
Penn State football receivers coach gives an update on the true freshman who has been standing out on the Dirty Show.
In 1979 Penn State traveled to Nebraska, also then hoping to damper was what looking to be a great run.
The Penn State football team's QB thinks a fast start could neutralize Nebraska's home-field advantage when the two teams square off Saturday.
Penn State travels to Nebraska this weekend in what could be a very entertaining game. Penn State has played well on the road in conference play with dominating wins at Iowa, Illinois and Purdue but Nebraska will clearly be the stiffest test faced on the road this season.
It is time to reflect on the state of the football program with this week's edition of the Blue White...
Graham Spanier, the former president at Penn State appeared in court today facing charges from his alleged involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He didn't speak to the media. Spanier's attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, spoke for the both of them on the charges:
“It is absolutely ridiculous. Dr. Spanier was never given a chance to speak to this grand...
The Penn State football team's top ball-carrier tackled a variety of topics earlier this week. See what he had to say.
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is free on $125,000
unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges related to the
child sex abuse case of former assistant football coach Jerry
Mark Brennan and the Nitwits crew review Penn State's victory over Purdue and look to this week's road clash against Nebraska.