Penn State AD Dave Joyner retires, school begins search

Penn State AD Dave Joyner retires, school begins search
June 17, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Penn State will start the search for a new athletics director.

Dave Joyner plans to retire and will end his tenure as athletics director on Aug. 1, the school announced Tuesday. He will assist in finding his successor.

Joyner has served as athletics director since 2011, taking over in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the firing of football coach Joe Paterno. His tenure was expected to end shortly after former president Rodney Erickson's, who was replaced with Eric Barron earlier this year.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve Penn State," Joyner said in the school's 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."

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While Joyner's run as athletics director won't be a very long one, it has certainly been eventful. After leading the department out of the Sandusky scandal, he twice filled the head football coach vacancy with splashy hires: first Bill O'Brien and then James Franklin. Both hires were applauded by nearly all observers.

The search is now on for Joyner's replacement. According to an earlier report, Barron does not have a successor lined up, though it was reported over the weekend that Penn State would try to hire Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips away from Evanston. Though Phillips is not expected to leave Northwestern.

"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 in the same release. "They also must have a commitment to academic integrity and the academic progress and graduation of student-athletes."