Committee named to begin national search for new Penn State AD

Penn State President Eric J. Barron today (June 26) appointed a screening committee to assist him in identifying the next director of the University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA). 

The national search is being conducted in conjunction with Collegiate Sports Associates, an executive search and consulting firm based in North Carolina. David Gray, senior vice president for finance and business at Penn State, will serve as chair of the screening committee. Others on the committee include:

--  Linda Caldwell, Penn State’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and distinguished professor of recreation, park, and tourism management and of human development and family studies;

--  Julie Del Giorno, athletics integrity officer;

--  Charmelle Green, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator in ICA;

--  Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for undergraduate education;

--  Tom Poole, vice president for administration; and

--  Coquese Washington, Penn State Lady Lion basketball coach.

Penn State Athletic Director David M. Joyner on June 17 announced his plans to retire from the University. The athletic director reports to the president of the University, serves on President’s Council, and advises on issues and concerns regarding all aspects of Intercollegiate Athletics. The director administers the overall athletic program, which includes 31 varsity sports and an annual budget of $115 million, and provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight for one of the most comprehensive athletics departments in the country.

Penn State is a Division I university with more than 800 student-athletes involved in 16 men’s varsity sports and 15 women’s sports. In addition, ICA oversees participation by a number of Commonwealth Campuses in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC).  Penn State Athletics employs approximately 240 full-time staff and manages a number of large and complex facilities, including the 107,000-seat Beaver Stadium and the new 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena.

In its history, Penn State has won 73 national team championships. In the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions have won 73 regular season championships and 15 tournament championships.

Penn State student-athletes are honored consistently for their academic achievements. A record 468 Penn State student-athletes earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the fall semester.

The screening committee is reviewing applications and nominations beginning immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of application and resume electronically to: by July 18. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to:  

For more information about the Athletic Department, visit online.

Aerial view of Beaver Stadium facing south. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated June 26, 2014