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David Joyner to remain Penn State's athletic director

David Joyner is no longer Penn State's "acting" athletic director.

Joyner, who has served in that capacity since November of 2011, had the "acting" designation removed from his title and will serve as the school's athletic director through the end of school President Rodney Erickson’s term in 2014.

Joyner, a former Penn State football and wrestling standout and 1972 graduate of the university, and Erickson both assumed their current positions during the November 2011 fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

Joyner, an orthopedic surgeon and former member of the school's board of trustees, took over as acting athletic director for Tim Curley, who had been on leave while the final year of his contract ran out.

Curley is facing charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy and failure to report in connection with the Sandusky scandal. Former university president Graham Spanier and vice president Gary Schultz also are charged. A trial for Curley, who had been athletic director since 1993, and Schultz scheduled for earlier this month has been delayed.

Erickson had said in September that Joyner would remain as athletic director during his tenure as president. Joyner was integral in the hiring of football coach Bill O'Brien, who has garnered several national honors in leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record in the wake of heavy NCAA sanctions over the Sandusky scandal.

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

Penn State also announced Monday that once Erickson leaves office, a national search for a new athletic director will be conducted.

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