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Dave Joyner

Director of Athletics


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David M. Joyner was named Penn State's Acting Director of Athletics on November 16, 2011 and assumed the title of Director of Athletics on January 21, 2012.

A two-sport All-American and Academic All-American at Penn State, Joyner earned his bachelor's degree in science 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 stint in the World Football League, Joyner began a medical career with a sports medicine emphasis.

Joyner is a health care and business consultant and an orthopedic physician. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Joyner SportsMedicine Institute (JSI) from 1992-98, he developed 19 physical therapy centers in eight states to deliver state-of-the-art training and rehabilitation services honed by U.S. Olympic and Elite Medical Team experience and leadership.

Closely involved with numerous campus initiatives, Joyner has served as 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.

A member of the Penn State Board of Trustees from 2000 until the date of his appointment with Intercollegiate Athletics, Joyner was honored in 1992 as a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State.

Joyner's 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 is Chairman of USA Football's Football Wellness Committee and has been an emeritus member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

A Penn State offensive tackle from 1969-71, Joyner earned first-team All-America honors in his senior season and was a team co-captain. He was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions earn a cumulative 29-4 record, including an 11-0 mark in 1969, with victories in the 1970 Orange and 1972 Cotton Bowls. Joyner also was a standout wrestler from 1970-72, earning All-America honors by finishing as the NCAA runner-up at heavyweight in 1971.

Joyner was named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1971 and is one of a select group of individuals who have been inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors "those with the highest standards in college academics, athletics and in life beyond athletics." Joyner also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as a Penn State student-athlete and was selected for the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 1997.

Joyner was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993.

Joyner's sons Andy and Matt also played football at Penn State and are graduates of the university.

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