STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been elected to the university’s board of trustees.
Jay Paterno received the most votes in the alumni elections for trustee. There are 38 trustees and alumni vote for nine seats; three are on the ballot each year.
Paterno, a former quarterbacks coach at the school, will start his new role in July.
He says in a statement Friday that he sees the post as a “call to service.”
Joe Paterno, one of the winningest coaches in college football history, was fired in 2011, just months after the arrest of Jerry Sandusky. Paterno died of lung cancer early the next year.
Sandusky is the imprisoned ex-assistant football coach convicted of abusing 10 boys. He maintains he’s innocent and is appealing.