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Update: Penn State Athletics Director Dave Joyner To Resign On August 1

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Update: In a statement put out by Penn State, the university confirmed the reports that athletics director Dave Joyner's time in Happy Valley will come to an end. Joyner will retire from his position, effective on August 1, and will assist in the university's efforts to find a replacement.

More information about the search for Penn State’s next athletic director will be released in the coming days as potential search committee members are notified and asked to serve.

“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,” [Penn State president Eric] Barron said. “They also must have a commitment to academic integrity, and the academic progress and graduation of student-athletes.”

Penn State will work with executive search and consulting firm Collegiate Sports Associates in its search for a new athletics director.

Earlier: According to a report by PennLive's David Jones, Penn State athletics director Dave Joyner will resign. Joyner assumed the position in November of 2011, when then-AD Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Joyner assumed the position after being a member of the university's Board of Trustees for 11 years.

Joyner was the athletics director who hired Bill O'Brien to succeed Joe Paterno as Penn State's head football coach in 2012. He also was the AD who hired James Franklin earlier this year to replace O'Brien, who left Happy Valley to coach the Houston Texans.

Prior to becoming a member of the school's Board of Trustees, Joyner was an orthopedic physician and was chair of the United States Olympic Sports Medicine Committee. He wrestled at Penn State, and came in second in the NCAA's heavyweight division in 1971. Joyner was also an All-American offensive lineman under Paterno.

Joyner's tenure in Happy Valley came with some controversy. His appointment was criticized among the Penn State community, as he had no prior experience as an academic administrator. He also reportedly fired the school's fencing coach, who led Penn State to 12 national championships, over an argument he had with an assistant, and did not give the coach a chance to appeal.

There is no word on exactly when Joyner will resign his post, but it is expected to happen by the end of this week. The university has not named a replacement for Joyner, but it has been reported that Penn State is interested in having Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips replace Joyner. This isn't the only shake up in Penn State administration, as the university hired Florida State president Eric Barron to the same position earlier this year.