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Sandy Barbour
Sandy  Barbour

Director of Athletics


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Sandy Barbour began her leadership of the Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics program on August 18, 2014. President Eric J. Barron named Barbour the Nittany Lions' ninth Director of Athletics on July 26, 2014 after serving 10 years as Director of Athletics at the University of California.

Barbour brings to Penn State more than 30 years of varied experiences as a collegiate administrator and coach, with a demonstrated record of championships, academic success, innovation, facility modernization and revenue growth.

Barbour directs Penn State's 31-sport, broad-based program that supports approximately 850 student-athletes and an Intercollegiate Athletics staff of more than 300.

Serving as the Director of Athletics at Cal since 2004, Barbour guided the Golden Bears through one of the most successful periods in school history. Under her direction, the athletic department became one of the consistently elite programs in the country. Barbour's 10-year term as AD was the longest tenure for the department since men's and women's athletics merged into a single entity in 1992.

During her tenure overseeing Cal's 30-sport program, the Golden Bears won 20 team national championships, 97 individual national titles, finished in the top 10 in the annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings six times, including a program-best third in 2011, and reached record levels in ticket sales, sponsorships and fundraising.

Among Cal's many team athletic accomplishments under Barbour's leadership were a 2006 Pac-12 co-championship and seven bowl-game invitations in football; the men's basketball team's first conference title in 50 years in 2009-10; a first-ever NCAA Final Four berth in women's basketball in 2013, two trips to the national semifinals in women's volleyball and six NCAA Championships in men's and women's swimming and diving.

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Under Barbour's leadership, two major facility projects designed to benefit both student-athletes and fans opened. On Sept. 1, 2012, Cal welcomed a sold-out crowd to a newly restored California Memorial Stadium after the historic facility underwent a $321 million renovation and seismic retrofit to bring the facility up to modern standards while honoring the historic nature of the building.

A year earlier, Cal opened the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a 142,000-square-foot state-of-the-art student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that supports daily needs of football and 12 Olympic sports programs. The Simpson Center represents the physical manifestation of Cal High Performance, a concept Barbour developed at Berkeley, which represents a seamless integration of all factors impacting a student-athlete's ability to success in the classroom and in their competitive venue.

During the 2013-14 academic year, the Bears won two team national championships, with men's swimming and diving capturing its third NCAA title in four years and men's varsity rugby repeating as Rugby 7's national championships, along with 10 individual, relay and/or boat national crowns. In addition, Cal secured the largest field naming-rights deal in collegiate sports history, when Kabam, a Cal alumni-led technology company, signed on to name Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.

Cal student-athletes continued their high academic achievement in 2013-14, with numerous programs earning public recognition from the NCAA on the Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate metrics with 100 percent scores. New coach Sonny Dykes led a resurgence in the football program's academic achievement with a 969 APR score, 18 points higher than the Division I football average, and a record-setting program GPA.

Under Barbour's leadership, the average grade-point average for Cal's 30 teams was nearly 3.0 and the women's golf team achieved the highest team GPA in Cal's recorded history when it posted a 3.54 GPA during the fall 2013 semester. More than 175 student-athletes annually earned academic all-conference notice, and 17 teams received national recognition for their NCAA Academic Progress Rates over the last five years.

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During the 2012-13 academic year, Max Homa was the NCAA medalist in men's golf, men's and women's swimmers combined for five individual national titles and the women's basketball program earned its first-ever Pac-12 title. On the international level, a total of 46 Golden Bear student-athletes, alumni and staff represented Cal at the 2012 Olympic Games and they won a school-record-tying 17 medals, including 11 gold.

Named one of the "100 Most Influential Women in Business" in the Bay Area according to the San Francisco Business Times, Barbour was named a regional Athletic Director of the Year for 2008-09 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and she was a finalist for National AD of the Year at the Sports Business Awards. Barbour previously was chosen a 2006 Woman of Distinction by the East Bay Business Times and the 2006 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Division I-A National Administrator of the Year.

While at Cal, Barbour was an active member of several committees on both the national and conference levels. In 2010, she was selected as the Pac-12 representative to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, a four-year appointment. She has chaired the Pac-12 Athletic Directors TV Committee and served on the conference's Recruiting Guidelines Committee. Barbour has also served on the NACDA Executive Committee, the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the NCAA Women's Basketball Discussion Group and the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year Selection Committee.

Barbour has also served as the chair of the Pac-10 Budget and Finance Committee, been a member of the Pac-10 Executive Committee and the Pac-10 Television Committee, and was vice president of the conference in 2007-08.

Prior to moving to Berkeley, Barbour was the deputy director of athletics at Notre Dame, serving as the university's senior athletic administrator from July 2002 to September 2004. She previously held an associate athletic director position there starting in 2000.

Barbour's career in intercollegiate athletic administration spans more than 30 years, beginning as a field hockey assistant coach and lacrosse administrative assistant at the University of Massachusetts in 1981. She has since served as assistant athletic director at Northwestern and in 1991 was recruited to Tulane as an associate athletic director.

In 1996, Barbour was appointed Tulane's director of athletics at age 36, and during her three years overseeing the program, Green Wave teams won 12 conference championships. In her first year in the position, the school captured four conference titles, a feat never before accomplished in Tulane history. She also hired Tommy Bowden as head football coach during her first year. Bowden proceeded in 1997 to post the Green Wave's first winning season (7-4) in 16 years, and then directed the school to a 12-0 record, a Conference USA championship and a No. 7 national ranking the following season as the 1998 Liberty Bowl champions.

In her position at Notre Dame, Barbour oversaw facilities and event operations for the school's 26-sport program, including football game management and the department's two golf courses. She was also responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing Notre Dame's $127 million athletics facilities master plan.

Additionally, her role at Notre Dame included responsibilities for women's lacrosse, men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track, men's and women's swimming and men's golf. She also assisted with the administration of women's basketball.

Born Dec. 2, 1959, in Annapolis, Md., Barbour grew up in a military family. Her father was a career aviator in the U.S. Navy, and her family lived in various U.S. locations as well as in Western Europe during her childhood.

Barbour graduated cum laude in 1981 with a B.S. degree in physical education from Wake Forest, where she was a four-year letterwinner and served as captain of the field hockey team. She also played two varsity seasons of women's basketball.

Barbour earned advanced degrees at both Massachusetts (an M.S. in sports management in 1983) and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management (an MBA in 1991).

Between master's programs, Barbour served as assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at Northwestern from 1982-84. She also held the position of director of recruiting services during that period, before being promoted to assistant athletic director for intercollegiate programs in 1984, a position she held until 1989.

Prior to joining Tulane, Barbour worked in programming and production for FOX Sports Net in Chicago during the summer of 1990.

As of August 17, 2014


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