Found December 02, 2011 on Nittany Lines:
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The executive committee of Penn State's board of trustees voted Friday to "reaffirm and ratify" three personnel decisions it made three weeks ago, including the firing of Joe Paterno as head football coach.    Via a morning conference call at the Nittany Lion Inn, the executive committee voted 8-0 to comfirm Paterno's firing, the acceptance of former University President Graham Spanier's resignation and the promotion of provost Rodney Erickson to president. The executive committee took the step after news organizations questioned whether Penn State trustees had violated the state's Sunshine Act in making the personnel moves during executive session. The board announced decisions regarding Spanier and Paterno on Nov. 9, two days before a regularly scheduled public meeting. In a statement Friday, Penn State said that due to "extraordinary circumstances during that week, the Board of Trustees needed to act swiftly and decisively on University leadership...
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