PSU Announces AD Joyner Will Retire

The former Board of Trustee member will retire from his role Aug. 1 and help with the transition process.

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Dave Joyner began his tenure as Penn State's athletic leader in November 2011 when he was named acting athletic director.

In January 2013, the former university Board of Trustee member who took the position in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal was named Penn State's director of intercollegiate athletics.

Come August 2014, Joyner will retire from the university.

Penn State announced Tuesday afternoon that Joyner's tenure as athletic director will end Aug. 1, adding he will assist with the process of finding a replacement. It comes on the heels of a report from PennLive.com that Joyner would resign.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve Penn State," Joyner said in a release. "Our student athletes, coaches, staff and the University community were a daily source of inspiration for me.

""It has been an honor and privilege to serve Penn State," Joyner said in a news release. "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."

New Penn State president Eric Barron will soon name a search committee to work alongside Collegiate Sports Associates out of North Carolina. Penn State senior vice president for Finance and Business, David Gray, will chair the committee.

Joyner's tenure saw two new football coaches -- Bill O'Brien and James Franklin -- hired over his two and a half year stint, and he also extended women's basketball coach Coquese Washington's contact.

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

Barron added the university will seek candidates with both an NCAA track record and a background in meeting compliance standards.

"They also must have a commitment to academic integrity, and the academic progress and graduation of student-athletes." he added.


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