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Penn State AD Dr. Dave Joyner congratulates Nittany Lion wrestler Quentin Wright after his 100th career victory. GoPSUSports.com photo

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State announced today (Jan. 21) that President Rodney Erickson has named David M. Joyner as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics through the remainder of Erickson's term of office, at which time a national search will be conducted.

"I have confidence in Dr. Joyner and want him to continue as part of my leadership team while I am president," said Erickson.

Joyner received his bachelor's degree in science from Penn State in 1972 and his M.D. from Penn State's College of Medicine in 1976. Following residencies in general and orthopedic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a brief stint in the World Football League, Joyner began a medical career with a sports medicine emphasis. Joyner is known internationally for his extensive experience with the U.S. Olympic Committee, including head U.S. Team physician for the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. Joyner was named acting athletic director in November 2011.

Dr. Dave Joyner biography

Joyner was a 1971 NCAA Div. I runner-up at heavyweight wrestling for Penn State.

Joyner received his bachelor's degree in science from Penn State in 1972 and his M.D. from Penn State's College of Medicine in 1976. Following residencies in general and orthopedic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a brief stint in the World Football League, Joyner began a medical career with a sports medicine emphasis.

Joyner is a health care and business consultant as well as an orthopedic physician. He was a member of Penn State Libraries Development Advisory Board, co-chairman of the Paterno Libraries Endowment, chairman of the external advisory board for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors College, a member of the Hershey Medical Center Capital Campaign Committee and was active in the Grand Destiny Campaign for Athletics. He is a member of the board of directors of The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Joyner was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State in 1992.

His work with the U.S. Olympic Committee includes service as head physician to the United States' teams at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, the 1991 World University Games and the 1989 United States Olympic Festival. He is a past chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society. Joyner served as the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Committee and the vice chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Anti Doping Committee. He currently is a member of the medical commission of the Pan American Sports Organization.

Joyner served on the Pennsylvania Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and has been an emeritus member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Joyner wrestled and played football while attending Penn State, and is one of a select group of individuals who have been inducted into the GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors "those with the highest standards in college academics, athletics and in life beyond athletics." He is a member of the All-Time Nittany Lion Football Team. He received the Outstanding Football Alumnus Award from the Penn State University Quarterback Club in 1985 and the Penn State Wrestling Club's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993. Joyner was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993.
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