State College, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour will officially begin her tenure as Penn State’s first female athletic director on Aug. 18.
She was introduced Saturday as the replacement of retired Dave Joyner, who performed the role for two and a half years.
University president Eric Barron said during Saturday’s news conference that Barbour’s credentials convinced every single member of the screening committee to make her the first choice.
Barbour’s five-year contract carries an annual base salary of $700,000 plus a $100,000 retention bonus and incentive compensation of as much as $100,000 annually.
She said the prestige of the position drew her interest.
Barbour’s perceived failures in her 10-year stint at Cal included the football team’s graduation rate of only 44 percent last fall, ranked the worst among 72 major-conference programs. Men’s basketball wasn’t any better in that area.
She blamed budget shortfalls at Cal, and insisted she would boost graduation rate to 90 percent.
During Barbour’s tenure at Cal, the Golden Bears won 19 team national championships and found themselves among the top 10 in the Directors’ Cup standings a total of six times.