"We are not claiming that implementing our recommendations would have prevented the horrific actions that occurred over the last decades. No matter how well designed, government structures cannot fix or overcome complete breakdowns in human character," said Wagner.
Among the recommendations, Wagner calls for the university's president and the governor no longer to have voting roles on the Board of Trustees. Wagner says the board should shrink in membership from 32 to 22 members. He also says the rules should be changed, so that a quorum for board meetings would require a majority of board members be present. Currently, 13 of 32 members are needed to establish a quorum.
"What's remarkable in the midst of all this turmoil is how little Penn State governance and transparency have changed," said Wagner.
He also called for the university to open more of its records under the Right-to-Know law.
About half the recommendations in Wagner's report would require the Legislature to act, while the other half could be addressed by PSU's Board.
"The fact that the university has adopted, I believe, a third of the Freeh report's recommendations already shows that they are willing to make changes. Again, if there's a role for the Legislature to assist in that, we will," said Corman.
David LaTorre, a spokesman for Penn State, released a statement via email.
"Penn State welcomes input from Auditor General Wagner. The University only just received the report today but will conduct a thorough review," LaTorre said.
Kevin Harley, a spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett (R), said he agrees with Wagner on the Right-to-Know issue. He called the issue of the number of members needed to establish a quorum "non-controversial." As for other facets of the report he said they are "worthy of review and debate."
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