Tim Curley: A man of 'dynamic, passionate leadership'
In the more than 17 years that Tim Curley has served as Penn State's director of athletics, the school has won 21 NCAA championships, more than double any other school in the Big Ten Conference.
His "dynamic and passionate leadership has been the driving force behind the Nittany Lions' tremendous level of athletic and academic achievement," the university wrote in a profile of Mr. Curley that appears on its athletics website. In June, Mr. Curley was awarded The National Football Foundation's John L. Toner Award, a top honor for a college athletics administrator who has demonstrated "superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football," the website says.
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Mr. Curley, charged with felony perjury and failure to tell police of a report of the on-campus rape of a young boy by Jerry Sandusky, is expected to surrender and be arraigned today before District Judge Marsha Stewart in Harrisburg. Prosecutors say Mr. Curley, 57, of Boalsburg, Centre County, and Gary C. Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business, failed to report the assault against the boy, which allegedly occurred in a football locker room shower, and tried to mislead a grand jury investigating Mr. Sandusky, who has been charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children.
"It is no exaggeration to say Tim Curley is someone who knows the Penn State athletic program from the ground up," the school's online profile says. Born in State College, he grew up across the street from New Beaver Field, selling game programs and working as a batboy. A 1976 Penn State graduate, he became the school's recruiting coordinator and was named athletic director in 1993.
He helped the university raise $128 million for athletics, and his fundraising efforts allowed Penn State to build new baseball and softball stadiums and a golf clubhouse and paid for improvements to other facilities. In announcing the Toner award, Steve Hatchell, the National Football Foundation president and CEO, said Mr. Curley "helped Penn State maintain and expand its role as a national powerhouse in collegiate athletics and academics."
Mr. Curley and his wife, Melinda, have two children: a daughter, Devon, and a son, Tanner, according to the website.
First Published November 7, 2011 1:24 am