Friday, February 12, 2016

Penn State athletics director Dave Joyner to retire on August 1

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Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner. (Christopher Weddle/Centre Daily Times/AP file photo)
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner. (Christopher Weddle/Centre Daily Times/AP file photo)

UPDATE [4:40 p.m.] - Penn State has announced that athletics director Dave Joyner will retire later this summer on August 1. Joyner was named interim AD in 2011, and became director of intercollegiate athletics in January 2013.

At that time, Rodney Erickson, who retired on May 11, announced that Joyner would remain in that role throughout his tenure as president.

More from university's official athletic site, gopsusports.com:

"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."

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    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.

    [...]

    More information about the search for Penn State's next athletic director will be released in the coming days as potential search committee members are notified and asked to serve.

    "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."

    Click to read the full release.

    FROM EARLIER: According to a report on PennLive.com, Penn State athletics director Dave Joyner will resign.

    Dave Jones has the story:

    Though no one candidate has emerged as his successor, it appears Dave Joyner's tenure as the Penn State athletics director is about to quietly conclude, roughly concurrent with that of the president with whom he arrived. 

    Amid reports that Northwestern AD Jim Phillips has been targeted as at least one favorite to succeed Joyner, I've learned through several university sources that, while new PSU president Eric Barron has not decided on a successor, it's been decided that Joyner will not stay on and his departure will soon be announced, possibly by the end of this week. That, in itself, is something of a landmark moment for Penn State athletics.

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    Certainly, Joyner will be remembered as the man who ran the ship, for better or worse, through its most turbulent waters – in the 2½ years following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. His legacy will be attached to the hiring of two football coaches, one a consensus home run, the other an early fan favorite whose results are to be determined.

    Click here to read the full story.

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