Guest Author: Mark Athitakis, Associations Now
After a high-profile scandal, USA Gymnastics now has to rebuild its board as well as trust in its organization. Doubling down on transparency, one governance professional says, can help get a scandal-damaged organization back on its feet.
Following the high-profile trial of Larry Nassar, a physician for the U.S. gymnastics team who was convicted last month of sexually abusing more than 150 young women, the association representing the gymnastics community is starting over with a new board.
On January 22, two days before Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, USA Gymnastics announced the resignation of three members of its executive board. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,” the association said in a statement.