CEO of USA Gymnastics resigns

Published: Mar. 16, 2017 at 2:33 PM EDT
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USA Gymnastics has announced the resignation of CEO and President of the organization, Steve Penny.

The announcement came after Penny told the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors during a conference call to discuss filling a Board vacancy, and other official business.

The organization says they will initiate a national search for a new president and CEO. While the search is underway, Board Chair Paul Parilla will lead the organization's operations. USA Gymnastics is currently working on initiatives to refine its policies and procedures for handling sexual misconduct.

The organization has been named in several lawsuits, along with Dr. Larry Nassar, and MSU over allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar.

Dr. Larry Nassar was employed by the Olympic organization as a team physician who treated gymnasts. Nassar is accused of multiple counts of sexual assault and misconduct by former patients. USA Gymnastics says they fired Nassar in 2015 in response to athlete complaints.

“We have accepted Steve’s resignation and want to thank him for his contributions and dedication to USA Gymnastics over the years.

“The Board believes this change in leadership will help USA Gymnastics face its current challenges and implement solutions to move the organization forward in promoting a safe environment for its athletes at all levels. 

“USA Gymnastics and the entire gymnastics community must work together to focus on keeping athletes safe. We believe Ms. Daniels’ recommendations will identify areas where we can strengthen and refine how we handle sexual misconduct as an organization, expand our efforts to educate the entire community, including parents and athletes, about what to watch for and what to do if they suspect abuse is happening. Everyone can be an active and vigilant participant for this to be effective, not only in gymnastics but also the Olympic movement as a whole."

Paul Parilla, USA Gymnastics Board of Directors chairman