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Penn State Scandal Highlights Failures in Leadership and Culture

A damning new report on the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State shows that it was preventable, says columnist Gael O’Brien. “Whether it is child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, fraud or some other crime, one of the great enablers or deterrents to crisis is the culture of an organization,” she writes. “The unpleasant truth is it can happen anywhere a culture doesn’t resist.”

‘Community of Trust’ Confronts Challenge at University of Virginia

The forced resignation of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan has generated turmoil and widespread dissent among faculty, students and staff on the Charlottesville campus. And the state’s governor has given the university’s board an ultimatum to resolve the situation. “What UVA is demonstrating, ” writes columnist Gael O’Brien, “is that when values aren’t put into practice, distrust is created.”

After Paterno, Penn State’s Struggle to Rebuild Trust

With the death of long-time football coach Joe Paterno, Penn State enters a new stage of its crisis stemming from criminal sex abuse charges against a former assistant coach. Columnist Gael O’Brien thinks the university’s trustees have made numerous mistakes and says the institution now must learn “how to tolerate discomfort with unflattering headlines while the focus is on trust building, not brand building.”