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Pennsylvania State University never had a general counsel until January 2010, when then-University President Graham Spanier appointed Cynthia Baldwin, a private practice lawyer and former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, to the position. He made the appointment following a 2009 external peer review, commissioned by then-Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Gary Schultz. Coincidence or not, Baldwin’s appointment came just weeks after Penn State received the first grand jury subpoenas in the criminal investigation of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for child molestation that eventually became a national media story. Baldwin’s tenure ended when she resigned in June 2012, about a week after Sandusky’s conviction.

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