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Joyner Suspends Role as Trustee to Become PSU Athletic Director

by on November 17, 2011 11:27 AM

David M. Joyner, a Penn State trustee since 2000, will suspend his role as a university board member as he becomes acting athletic director, the university reported.

President Rodney Erickson announced Wednesday that Joyner, an orthopedic surgeon and business consultant, has been named the acting Penn State athletic director -- effective immediately.

He replaces Mark Sherburne, who was named interim athletic director last week in the absence of Tim Curley.

Curley, the longtime Penn State athletic director, is on paid administrative leave as he faces criminal charges related to the Jerry Sandusky criminal case. Sherburne has returned to his role as an associate athletic director, Penn State reported.

"I would like to thank Mark for filling this leadership role when asked last week," Erickson said in a prepared statement. "I am grateful for his willingness to do what was needed to move us forward. Now, as he returns to his regular duties, we look for his continued leadership in that role."

Erickson, in his statement, said Joyner will uphold high standards.

"David Joyner has served the board with integrity, and he is internationally known for his work with the U.S. Olympic Committee," Erickson said. "I am confident that he will bring that same integrity to his new role."

Joyner's extensive Olympic experience includes his time as the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society and as the vice chairman of the U.S Olympic Committee's Anti-Doping Committee. Joyner also was the head physician for the U.S. teams at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games as well as at the 1991 World University Games and the 1989 United States Olympic Festival.

Joyner is a member of the GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors "those with the highest standards in college academics, athletics and in life beyond athletics," according to a statement.

While attending Penn State as an undergraduate, Joyner wrestled and played football as he earned a degree in science; he completed his undergraduate work in 1972. He later earned a master's from the Penn State College of Medicine, graduating there in 1976.

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