Second Mile Contributions to Corbett’s Gov Election


Second Mile Board Member Contributors to Corbett’s Campaign:

Bill Greenlee, who served on The Second Mile board until 2004   $51,830

Louie Sheetz, the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Scheetz  $133,350

Michael Gillespie, the chief accounting officer of the Hersha Hospitality Trust $7,142

Bob Poole,Chairperson  President and CEO, S & A Homes and Poole Anderson Construction $11,258—was going to get bulk of $3 mil from Second Mile Grant from State

Dave Woodle,ViceChairperson  Chairman & CEO, NanoHorizons, Inc. $6000

Cliff Benson,Director  Retired, Deloitte Tax LP $1250

Michael Fiore,Director  Executive Vice President, Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. $10,702

Bruce Heim,Director  Chairman, Keystone Real Estate Group, LP $3500

Heidi Nicholas,Director  Real Estate Developer & Manager $6000

Al Pringle,Director  Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate, Keystone $250

Nancy Ring,Director  Realtor, REMAX Centre County  $350

Michael Hawbaker,Director  Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.   Donations by family members and/or other Glenn O. Hawbaker employees: $23,225

BenHeim,Director  President, Keystone Real Estate Group  $3000

Benjamin Hulburt,Director  President & CEO, Rex Energy $6500

Jack Infield,Director  Regional President, Graystone State Bank, State College $500

Alan Kirk,Director Esquire, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir Donations by other Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir employees or PACs: $4,550

Harry Sickler, Director  CPA, Owner, Harry K. Sickler Associates  $800  Donations by Harry K. Sickler Associates and an employee: $3,000

DrueAnneSchreyer, Director Community Volunteer
DrueAnne Schreyer is a longtime member of the board and the daughter of former Merril Lynch CEO William Schreyer, a Penn State alum who served two terms as the president of the school’s board of trustees. Schreyer gave PSU $55 million to create an honors college at the school called the Schreyer Honors College.  $10,000.

Rick Struthers, Director Retired,Bank of America (former president of global card services MBNA).  Total: $2,500

Ted McDowell Regional President, Ameriserv, State College  Total: $750

Matthew Sommer, Director Vice President of Natural Gas and Electricity for Shipley Energy
William Shipley, the CEO of the Shipley Group  Total: $11,000

Karen Creasia Yarrish, Director  Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Penn National Insurance.
Total: $10,250

Stephen J. O’Connor Operations Manager, Gilbane Building Company  Two Gilbane employees Total: $3,200

Bill Greenlee, Director  Founder, Greenlee Partners  Greenlee Partners   Total: $51,830.21

GRAND TOTAL: $641,481.21

Penn State Wants McQueary Trial to be on Hold


By Anne Danahy — adanahy@centredaily.com

 Penn State is asking the court to put on hold the lawsuit former coach Mike McQueary filed against the university while the criminal trial of two former administrators is under way.

In a motion filed Monday, Penn State argues that the university “would be severely prejudiced” if the suit were allowed to move forward while the criminal proceedings against former athletic director Tim Curley and retired senior vice president Gary Schultz are still going on. Penn State’s motion notes that the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has put several civil suits against Penn State on hold for that reason.

Curley and Schultz are facing charges of perjury for testimony they gave to the grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky and failure to report child abuse. They are scheduled to stand trial in January in Dauphin County Court

Penn State Did Not Have Proper Legal Counsel on Compliance Issues


By DAVID S. MACKEY
Boston Business Journal

The recently released Freeh Report reflects institutional and individual failures at Penn State throughout the organization. But one Penn State department escapes blame, at least for the failure to report Sandusky’s apparent rape of a child in a university locker room in February 2001: the university’s Office of General Counsel.

How so? Remarkably, at the time of the event in question, the university had no Office of General Counsel. In fact, it had “no centralized office, officer or committee to oversee institutional compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures.”

Penn State utterly marginalized compliance, and this remarkable organizational void undoubtedly played a significant role in enabling Sandusky’s predatory behavior.

On Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, a graduate assistant witnessed Sandusky assaulting a child in a Penn State locker room. By the following Monday it had been reported to head football coach Joe Paterno, to the athletic director and the senior vice president and, ultimately, to the university president.

Because Penn State didn’t have a general counsel, a university senior vice president called outside legal counsel. Outside counsel’s bill reflects a telephone call, some legal research, and then another telephone call: 2.9 hours in all. Outside counsel, based on advice from his own lawyer, has now refused to discuss the legal work that took place that Sunday.

But two things seem clear: There was no report to any law enforcement or child protection agency, and no record of any follow-up from outside counsel to Penn State to ensure the matter had been properly reported and that the child had been identified and treated.

In 2010 Penn State hired its first general counsel. She has since retired. But filling the general counsel slot didn’t change the culture.

In November 2011, once criminal charges were brought and the magnitude of the scandal had become apparent, one trustee suggested the university retain an outside group of professionals to conduct an investigation. In an astonishing email, which seems to reflect all too well management’s attitude toward its board’s oversight function, the general counsel wrote to the president: “If we do this, we will never get rid of this group in some shape or form. The board will then think that they should have such a group.”

The lesson, once again, for any corporate board and senior management team: Take compliance seriously, place responsibility for it close by (maybe in the office next door), and ensure that whoever is responsible has the ear of the board and the institutional prestige to be heard.

Myke’s comment:  Again, it is the failure of the University Board of Trustees and the President, Vice President, and Athletic Director’s failure–not Joe Paterno’s (and/or the failure  of a “football crazed” community!)