A contract extension for Penn State athletic director became official today. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO
Penn State has signed athletic director Sandy Barbour to a four-year contract extension, the university announced today. The pact runs through the 2022-23 academic year, and it comes with a new title for Barbour, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Financial terms of the extension, which is retroactive to last July: She’ll get $6.165 million over the course of the deal, which will pay her $1.169 million this year with a $50,000 raise each year.
In short, Barbour is now one of the highest-paid athletic directors in the nation.
Barbour took over as athletic director in August of 2014 and has had what the university called a strong run. Three different programs — wrestling, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer — have combined to win five NCAA championships during her tenure. Penn State also has won 20 Big Ten titles and five EIVA crowns from 12 different sports, essentially 25 conference championships under Barbour.
Student-athletes have also set or tied several school academic records, including a 90 percent graduation rate for the second consecutive year according to statistics released in November by the NCAA. Barbour also is in charge of the athletic department’s sweeping strategic plan and facilities master plan, which she hopes down the road will lead to a refurbishment of Beaver Stadium.
During a press conference before the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in late December, Barbour announced she and the university had come to an agreement on an extension, but official word wouldn’t come until the deal was approved by the Board of Trustees’ compensation committee, which held its initial meeting of the year this month.