Penn State has named David M. Joyner acting athletic director, effective immediately. Joyner has been a member of the Board of Trustees for over 10 years and was named a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus in 1992.
Joyner will take over the position from Mark Sherbune, who assumed the role of athletic director after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave. Curley has been accused of perjury and failure to report allegations of sexual abuse in the grand jury report that charges former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky of sexually assaulting eight underage boys.
Sherbune will return to his role as associate athletic director as Joyner takes the lead role.
I would like to thank Mark for filling this leadership role when asked last week. I am grateful for his willingness to do what was needed to move us forward. Now, as he returns to his regular duties, we look for his continued leadership in that role, said Penn State interim President Rodney Erickson in a press release.
Joyner will suspend his membership on the board as he takes over as athletic director.
Joyner has a long history with Penn State. He received both his bachelor's in science (1972) and his M.D. (1976) from Penn State. While attending the university, he wrestled and played football for the Nittany Lions.
Joyner now works as a heath care and business consultant as well as an orthopedic physician. He has worked in general and orthopedic surgery, but primarily focuses on sports medicine. He also worked briefly for the World Football League and served as head physician to the U.S. teams at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, the 1991 World University Games and the 1989 United States Olympic Festival.
Dave Joyner has served the board with integrity, and he is internationally known for his work with the U.S. Olympic Committee. I am confident that he will bring that same integrity to his new role, said Erickson.
Joyner was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993.