Penn State Names Joyner Acting Athletic Director After Scandal

David Joyner, a former Penn State football player and wrestler, will take over as the school’s acting athletic director after spending the past 11 years as a member of the board of trustees.

Joyner replaces Mark Sherburne, who assumed the role on an interim basis when Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave as a result of the investigation into the child sexual-abuse scandal involving former football assistant Jerry Sandusky. Sherburne returns to his duties as associate athletic director, the school said in a statement on its website.

Joyner, a 1972 Penn State graduate, is an orthopedic physician who’s worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee, including as the head physician to the U.S. teams at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He’s a past chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Society and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who took over when Graham B. Spanier was fired along with former football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the scandal, said in a statement that Joyner has served the school’s board of trustees with integrity since 2000 and will “bring that same integrity to his new role.”

Joyner will suspend his membership on the board in taking over as athletic director, the school said.

Curley was arraigned on charges of perjury and failing to report the allegations of sexual abuse against Sandusky, who was charged with assaulting eight underage boys from 1994 to 2009, according to a grand jury report. Curley was placed on administrative leave to focus on his defense.

Joyner played football under Paterno at Penn State from 1969 to 1971 and wrestled for four years. In 1971, he was captain of the wrestling team and was a runner-up at the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships. Joyner got his M.D. from Penn State’s College of Medicine in 1976.

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