Dave Joyner is named athletic director at Penn State

Dave Joyner has been interim athletic director.
Dave Joyner has been interim athletic director. (ANDY COLWELL / AP)
Posted: January 23, 2013

Having the "acting" designation removed from his title, Dave Joyner has been named athletic director at Penn State and will serve in the job through the term of university president Rodney Erickson, Erickson said Monday.

Erickson took over after president Graham B. Spanier was forced to resign shortly after the indictment of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child-sex abuse charges in November 2011. Erickson has said he will step down by June 2014, and a search committee has been appointed to find his successor.

Penn State will conduct a national search for a new athletic director after Joyner leaves, according to the statement said.

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.


Contact Joe Juliano at jjuliano@phillynews.com. This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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