Joyner, a former star football player and wrestler at Penn State who became a surgeon, took over as acting athletic director shortly after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave following his indictment in November 2011 for perjury in his grand jury testimony during the Sandusky investigation.
Asked earlier this month if he wanted to have "acting" removed from his title, Joyner replied, "I'm here to serve at the behest of the president. I'll be here as long as they want me, and whatever they want to call me is OK with me. Obviously, we'll see what happens with that."
Joyner has had to manage an athletic department budget hindered by a $60 million fine imposed upon the university by the NCAA as part of last July's sanctions resulting from the Sandusky scandal.
Joyner officiated over an exhaustive search for a new head football coach to succeed the late Joe Paterno, and after nearly two months hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. O'Brien had a successful first season, leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 mark and several coach-of-the-year awards.
Paterno vigil. Coach Joe Paterno died of lung cancer at age 85 on Jan. 22, 2012. On Tuesday - exactly a year after his death - community residents have organized a vigil at a downtown mural that includes a depiction of Paterno. A family spokesman said the Paternos would not take part and will remain in privacy.
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