Dr. David M. Joyner was named Penn State University's Director of Athletics on January 18, 2013 and held the position until August 2014, when he elected to retire. He had served as the Acting Director of Athletics since November 17, 2011.
As Penn State’s Director of Athletics, Joyner directed one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful athletic departments. Penn State sponsors 31 varsity sports, tied for the third-most among Football Bowl Subdivision institutions, with more than 850 student-athletes. During his tenure, the Nittany Lions captured five NCAA Championships, including titles in 2013-14 from women’s volleyball, wrestling and fencing, the most for Penn State in a single year since 1999-2000. Joyner helped Penn State capture 18 Big Ten Championships during his tenure, the most by any conference school during that span.
A two-sport All-American and Academic All-American at Penn State, Joyner is a former sports medicine physician and health care and business consultant who provides a strong background in department budget, facilities, fundraising and personnel management.
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Joyner Sports Medicine Institute (JSI) from 1992-98, he developed and managed 19 physical therapy centers and 350 employees 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.
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.