Penn State is looking for a new athletic director after announcing the retirement Tuesday of Dave Joyner, who took over the position in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and held the job for 2 years.
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve Penn State," Joyner said in a university statement. "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."
Joyner will remain on the job until Aug. 1. In the meantime, the university is conducting a national search for its next athletic director, a prominent position that oversees one of the largest football programs in college sports.
New PSU President Eric Barron will appoint a search committee responsible for hiring the next AD. The university also will work with an outside consulting firm, Collegiate Sports Associates of North Carolina.
"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 university statement. "They also must have a commitment to academic integrity, and the academic progress and graduation of student-athletes."
Joyner, a Penn State alum and prominent surgeon, was a member of the school's Board of Trustees when he was appointed by former PSU President Rodney Erickson to serve as acting athletic director in November 2011. He replaced Tim Curley, who faces charges stemming from the Sandusky scandal and is awaiting trial.
The acting part of Joyner's title was removed in January 2013. He repeatedly said he would remain in the job as long as Erickson's tenure lasted at PSU. Erickson retired in May and was replaced by Barron.
"Dave Joyner has provided steady leadership to athletics for nearly three years," Barron said. "I want to thank him for his hard work in upholding Penn State's legacy of academic and athletic success."
Joyner was instrumental in hiring former football coach Bill O'Brien, as well as current coach James Franklin.
"I will forever be grateful to Dave Joyner for this tremendous opportunity he presented to me and my family," Franklin said in a university release. "He cares about Penn State as much as anyone I have met and has great passion for the university and its mission. He has been an unbelievable resource and has been very supportive of me, our student-athletes and the football program."
Joyner played football and wrestled at Penn State. Prior to taking on the AD job, he was partly responsible for helping lure Cael Sanderson to the school, and the coach has led the Nittany Lion wrestlers to four consecutive national championships.
"Thank you Dave Joyner!" Sanderson said in the university release. "We are very grateful for his willingness to step in and lead Penn State athletics at a very challenging time."