Penn State Athletic Director Will Stay Until President Retires

Pennsylvania State University Acting Athletic Director Dave Joyner will have a job at least until President Rodney Erickson retires in June of 2013 or 2014, Erickson said.

“I think Dave is doing an excellent job for us, and my intent would be to keep Dave on as long as I serve,” Erickson said yesterday in an interview in New York.

Erickson said he expects the school’s next president to conduct a national search for an athletic director, which was suggested in a report by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh in the aftermath of a child sex scandal that led to the ouster of former university president Graham Spanier and legendary football coach Joe Paterno.

“I think it’s appropriate for the next president to make that choice,” Erickson, 65, said.

Joyner replaced Tim Curley in November 2011 after the former athletic director was charged with perjury for lying about his knowledge of child molestation involving former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Curley has denied the charge.

The school was fined $60 million by the National Collegiate Athletic Association after the scandal. The football program was banned from bowl appearances for four years and lost 20 scholarships a year for four years.

Former Player

Joyner, 62, who has said he is interested in keeping the job full time, played offensive tackle for Penn State from 1969-1971, earning first-team All-American honors his senior season. He also wrestled from 1970-72, again earning All-American honors and finishing as the NCAA runner-up in the heavyweight division in 1971.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in science in 1972 and his M.D. from Penn State’s College of Medicine in 1976. He founded Joyner SportsMedicine Institute in 1992, eventually developing 19 physical therapy centers in eight states. He was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s head physician at the 1992 Olympic Winter games, the 1991 World University Games and the 1989 United States Olympic Festival.

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