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Penn State AD Makes Big Announcement About Her Future

October 26, 2019

first_imgGeneral view of Penn State football's Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 01: A general view of play between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio Bobcats at Beaver Stadium on September 1, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)One of the top college sports administrators in the country, Penn State vice president Sandy Barbour, has overseen the school re-establish itself as a dominant athletic program. But she recently made an announcement that many Penn State fans might not like.Speaking to State College Magazine, the 59-year-old Barbour revealed that she intends to retire when her current contract with the school runs out. Barbour’s contract currently runs through 2023, and reportedly pays upwards of $1,269,000 per year.Over the past five years, Barbour has overseen some incredible success for Penn State’s athletic programs. The school has won multiple national titles and Big Ten conference titles during her tenure.Among the many accomplishments was the Nittany Lions football team’s return to the top of the Big Ten mountain. In 2016 the school won the Big Ten title for the first time since 2009 in a 38-31 win over Wisconsin.That same year, the Nittany Lions earned Big Ten titles in wrestling, women’s soccer, and track & field. The strong season for Penn State athletics earned Barbour athletic director of the year honors by the NACDA.Barbour also owns the distinction of being the first woman hired as athletic director in Penn State’s history.Prior to joining the Nittany Lions in 2014, Barbour served the previous 10 years as athletic director of the UCLA Bruins.She oversaw the Bruins win national championships in baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball, water polo, gymnastics, and softball from 2004 to 2014.last_img

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