Penn State Extends Contract Of AD Sandy Barbour

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first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Since taking over as athletic director of Penn State in 2014, Sandy Barbour has overseen the football team’s return to respectability and numerous accomplishments by athletes. As a result, the school has decided to reward her.According to PennLive, Penn State is extending Barbour through the year 2023. In addition, Barbour’s title has been changed from athletic director to “Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics.”In a statement coming with the announcement, Penn State president Eric Barron praised Barbour’s performance and leadership. He added that Barbour has earned a reputation as one of the top athletic directors in the nation.“Sandy has consistently promoted excellence in intercollegiate athletics — in academics and athletic competitions, and she is widely hailed among the best athletic directors in the nation,” said Penn State President Eric Barron.“She is a powerful advocate for those who wear the blue and white, and her leadership has help advance our shared vision of what intercollegiate athletics can be. I’m proud of our student-athletics, the coaches and staff, and I’m very pleased that Sandy will be able to lead them to even greater success.”In five years at the helm, Barbour has overseen several NCAA national championship teams in men’s wrestling, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and co-ed fencing.In total, Penn State has won five national titles and 25 conference titles under Barbour’s leadership.Barbour also oversaw Penn State’s football team return to bowl eligibility following its two-year ban from 2012 to 2013.In 2016, the Nittany Lions upset No. 2 Ohio State in the regular season en route to a Big Ten championship – their first since 2008.Additionally, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro saw Penn State send its highest number of athletes ever with 21. Eight of the school’s athletes went on to win medals – seven bronze and one silver.[PennLive]last_img read more