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2018-04-13 / People

Barbour No. 13 on Forbes listing of ‘Most Powerful Women in Sports in the U.S.’


Barbour Barbour UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour has again been recognized as one of the nation’s premier sports executives with her inclusion in the Forbes compilation of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports in the U.S.”

The leader of the Nittany Lions’ 31-sport program, Barbour is No. 13 in the Forbes listing of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports. She is among four women listed who work primarily in intercollegiate athletics. Barbour is the only athletic director (AD) listed, ranking No. 2 overall among women who work full-time in college sports.

Forbes said that Barbour “has developed a reputation for being one of the most forward thinking administrators in all of college sports.”

Condoleezza Rice, Serena Williams, Val Ackerman, Billie Jean King, Jeanie Buss, Becky Hammon, Lesa France Kennedy, Jessica Mendoza and Joni Comstock are among the women who joined Barbour on the distinguished list.

In December 2015, Forbes also selected Barbour among its “Top 25 Most Powerful People in College Sports.” Barbour, who was ranked No. 24, joined Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman as the female executives who were recognized by Forbes.

Barbour recently was selected as a finalist for the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Athletic Director of the Year for 2017-18. Last year, she was named by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as one of four FBS recipients of the prestigious Under Armour AD of the Year Award. She earned the NACDA ADOY honor for the second time.

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