EDITORIAL: Lord should lose job as Penn State trustee
It's too bad Albert L. Lord wasn't in York on Thursday night.
Maybe then he would've understood perfectly how he planted his foot directly into his mouth earlier in the day.
If you haven't heard, the Penn State trustee sent an email to The Chronicle of Higher Education saying: “Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth. Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew (Jerry) Sandusky abused anyone.”
Lord's stupendously stupid comment came less than a week after Spanier, the former Penn State president, was convicted of child endangerment for his handling of complaints about Sandusky.
And they came just hours before the sixth “Lest We Forget” candlelight vigil for child-abuse victims that was held by the Council on Family Relations and multicultural clubs on the campus of Penn State York.
That event is just one example of the many good works done by a legion of big-hearted folks at PSU over the last six years. They've worked tirelessly to do the right thing in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.
Nevertheless, every time the university community takes one step forward to emerge from the dark shadow cast by the scandal, someone else related to the university manages to say or do something idiotic that drags the school's name through the mud again.
This past week, it was Al Lord's turn.
Tone deaf: Lord proved he's completely tone deaf when it comes to the Sandusky scandal and the damage the former PSU football assistant coach inflicted on at least 10 innocent children.
There is no time limit for “running out of sympathy” for the victims of Sandusky's terrible crimes.
To its credit, the PSU Board of Trustees quickly, and correctly, tried to distance itself from Lord's comments.
“Al Lord's comments are personal and do not represent the opinions of the board or the university,” Ira M. Lubert, the chairman of the PSU Board of Trustees, said in a statement to the publication. “The sentiments of the board and university leadership were expressed in the very first line of the statement released by Penn State: First and foremost, our thoughts remain with the victims of Jerry Sandusky.”
Up for election: Lord is an alumni-elected trustee who is currently seeking re-election. He's one of five candidates running for three spots in an election that will finish on May 4.
Here's hoping the PSU alumni have the good sense to make sure that Lord gets booted off the board.
Unfortunately, there's little doubt that Lord will have a significant number of supporters among the PSU alumni. Many are still bitter about what they believe was the unfair treatment of their beloved school. In particular, many are still fuming about the Board of Trustees' firing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno in 2011.
Some of those folks, often referred to as “Joe-bots,” have allowed their love of the school and their devotion to Paterno to cloud their judgment about what is really important — the abuse suffered by the young victims.
Outspoken Lord: It's clear that Lord, the outspoken former CEO of student loan company Sallie Mae, is among that crowd.
“The notion that there can be only one point of view with respect to all this stuff, and trustees at Penn State should toe a line that reflects the politically correct point of view, is symptomatic of what ails us,” Lord told the Chronicle.
What Lord fails to realize is that, in this case, the “politically correct point of view” also happens to be the correct point of view.
Lord's comments are beneath contempt.
Hopefully, the PSU alumni will rise above his rhetoric and vote him off the board.