The woman who stood against the powers of Penn State way

Vicky Triponey – the sole  woman who as a Vice President over saw the student discipline has to quit from her post five years back as she experienced the first hand snobbish outlook, the brute work force culture, the secluded existence and a sense of entitlement. She was told that she was too confrontational, aggressive and does not fit within the culture of Penn State.  She often clashed with the former and late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno over the person responsible for disciplining the football players when they got into trouble. This conflict with such an iconic figure made her quite unpopular within the campus and almost ended her thirty years of academic career.

The latest Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the findings of which were carried on by the special investigator, concluding that the late football coach and other top Penn State administrators had concealed Sandusky’s abuse to shield the University from bad publicity may have brought in a feeling of exoneration, self satisfaction for any other person. But Tirponey otherwise had a deep sense of sadness.

The inquiry was commissioned by the board of trustees by hiring the former FBI Director – Louis Freeh. This inquiry exposed how the personal failings of Joe Paterno and three other Penn State leaders along with the university’s football culture empowered and allowed an assistant football coach to molest fatherless boys.  Triponey agreed with the Freeh’s suggestion that the university’s trustees had leaded an effort to vigorously examine and understand the Penn State’s culture.


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