University Park, PA – Penn State has revealed the members of a search committee that will eventually find the school's replacement for Joe Paterno.
The six-member committee will be headed by Dr. David Joyner, acting athletic director. All the members have some ties to Penn State, and many have deep connections to the university.
Paterno was fired earlier this month after former longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of various sexual crimes against children, some of which allegedly took place on the Penn State campus.
Paterno's knowledge of the alleged transgressions and his apparent lack of action brought him under scrutiny.
His firing came suddenly, late on a Wednesday night, and prompted some Penn State students to riot. Depending on viewpoint, the decision to fire Paterno was an outrage, appropriate, necessary, controversial, or too much of the focus of the Sandusky story, among other things.
But it means that, for the first time in nearly a half-century, Penn State will have a new football coach. Paterno compiled a record 409 career victories and became a legend on campus and in the college football community, and amid the circumstances of his firing, the search committee will have to find a replacement.
Aside from Joyner, the committee includes Linda Caldwell, Penn State faculty athletics representative and professor in the school's college of health and human development. The college's website says her research interests are youth development through leisure, leisure and health, and prevention.
She is joined by Charmelle Green, Penn State associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. She assumed those duties in mid-July after serving as the head of the office of student-athlete welfare and development.
Ira Lubert, a member of the board of trustees, is also on the committee. He received a BS in human development from Penn State and was chairman of the United Way campaign of Philadelphia. He is the chairman and co-foudner of Lubert-Adler, a real estate investment company.
John Nichols and Russ Rose round out the committee.
Nichols is an emeritus professor in the college of communications and chair of Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA FBS schools, according to the coalition's website. He has been a member of Penn State's faculty since 1977.
Rose is in his 32nd season as head coach of Penn State's women's volleyball team.