STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State President Rodney Erickson is trying to address the perception that the university isn't being as open and honest as it could be in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Erickson said in remarks Friday to the university's Board of Trustees that he's continuing to reach out to alumni, students and other groups and working to be more accountable.
The trustees are meeting for the first time since the chaotic week in November after dozens of child sex abuse charges were brought against Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach who had been highly regarded for his charity work with children.
Some alumni are calling for wholesale changes in the board's makeup and more transparency from the board and administration.
"I also believe openness and communication are the best way to move Penn State forward," Erickson said.
He called the last two months an "extraordinarily trying time" for the school, and said the university is cooperating with several ongoing investigations related to the Sandusky case.
The meeting, in the ballroom of a campus hotel, drew a larger-than-normal crowd of at least 200 people, including a couple of candidates hoping to win election to the board this spring.