Graham Basil Spanier was 16th president of The Pennsylvania State University, from Sept. 1, 1995, to Nov. 9, 2011, when he was forced to resign in the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was an incident in which Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions, was charged and convicted of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children.
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Spanier is currently president emeritus, university professor, and professor of human development and family studies; sociology, demography, and family; and community medicine.
Sociology is the study of social behaviour or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions.
He had a one-year post-presidential sabbatical leave following his resignation as president of Penn State in November 2011.
He was later convicted on March 24, 2017 of one misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.