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New Penn State President

University 'Must Move Forward'

Despite Child Abuse Scandal

11/11/2011 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Penn State's brand new President Rodney Erickson just released a video statement, claiming the University "must move forward" despite the school's recent devastating child abuse scandal.

In the video -- posted moments ago on Penn State's YouTube channel -- Erickson says, "This has been one of the saddest weeks in the history of Penn State, and my heart goes out to those who have been victimized. I share your anger and sorrow."

Erickson -- who replaced former Prez Graham Spanier this week following the scandal -- continues, "Although we cannot go back to business as usual, our University must move forward. We are a community. Our work is as vital as ever."

Erickson adds, "We remain committed to our core values and we will rebuild the trust, honor, and pride that have endured for generations."

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