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Penn State Athletic Director Dave Joyner To Retire

by on June 17, 2014 2:20 PM

After a nearly three year tenure Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner will retire the university announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Joyner will continue his role as athletic director until August 1.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve Penn State,” Joyner said. “Our student athletes, coaches, staff and the University community were a daily source of inspiration for me. The spirit of Penn State is strong, and the department’s commitment to integrity, as well as academic and athletic excellence is stronger than ever.”

Joyner was named acting athletic director in November 2011. In January 2013 the "acting" title was removed and then Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced that Joyner would serve as athletic director through Erickson’s term as president. Erickson retired on May 11.

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will name a search committee to work with Collegiate Sports Associates, an executive search and consulting firm based in North Carolina, to recruit Penn State’s next director of Intercollegiate Athletics. David Gray, senior vice president for Finance and Business at Penn State, has agreed to chair the search committee. The search is the second for Barron over the past 12 months as he helped lead a search to fill the same role at Florida State.

“Dave Joyner has provided steady leadership to Athletics for nearly three years,” Barron said. “I want to thank him for his hard work in upholding Penn State’s legacy of academic and athletic success.”

“We will be seeking candidates who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of NCAA rules and have a track record of success in meeting compliance standards,” Barron said. “They also must have a commitment to academic integrity, and the academic progress and graduation of student-athletes.”

While the search remains well in its early stages, according to the Chicago Tribune, Northwestern AD Jim Phillips has been target by Penn State as a possible replacement for Joyner. Phillips' positioning on any preliminary search committee's wish list is unknown as well as his own personal interest in leaving his current post at Northwestern.

Joyner has held the position of athletic director at Penn State for the past two and a half years overseeing the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In addition, Joyner helped lead two separate search committees that were responsible for the hiring head football coaches Bill O'Brien and now head football coach James Franklin.

For many Joyner will also be remembered as a member of Penn State's Board of Trustees that voted to relieve Joe Paterno of his coaching duties in the immediate aftermath of the first days of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

StateCollege.com will have more as this story develops. 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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