Mary Bono USA Gymnastics: Former lawmaker named interim (Details).
USA Gymnastics has named a new interim president to lead the federation as it seeks to rehabilitate itself amid the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal.
Mary Bono has been chosen to lead USA Gymnastics, effective immediately, the organization announced Friday in a news release. She will serve in the role until the board of directors finds a permanent president and CEO.
Prior to holding this position, Bono was a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting in Washington, D.C., and once served as a Republican in the House of Representatives for California’s 45th Congressional District. She also is a former gymnast, the release says.
The appointment comes a month after Kerry Perry’s resignation was announced in a letter from USA Gymnastics board chairwoman Karen Golz.
Perry was expected to reshape the organization embroiled in the Nassar scandal when she took over for previous CEO Steve Penny on Dec. 1. Both Perry and Penny had rocky tenures at the Indianapolis-based nonprofit.
Penny, who had led the organization since 2005, had been forced to resign last year under pressure from the U.S. Olympic Committee in March 2017 for the way the organization handled sexual abuse complaints against Nassar. The longtime USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician is serving an effective life sentence after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges and state charges of sexual abuse.
An IndyStar investigation led to more than 250 women coming forward to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse.
USA Gymnastics said in the news release that it has been amid a “major transition” as it implements recommendations made after an independent review of the federation’s policies and procedures.
The June 2017 review, done by former federal prosecutor Deborah Daniels, found that the federation hadn’t done enough to educate staff, members or athletes about protecting children from sexual abuse. The report also said that USA Gymnastics appeared to value winning medals more than protecting children.
Then, in January, the USOC required USA Gymnastics to replace its entire board leadership, arguing it was a necessary part of “changing the culture of the sport.”
Over the past nine months, the organization has made changes that include amending its bylaws and appointing a new board of directors, the release said.