UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour was selected as Sports Business Journal’s Sports Business AD of the Year Award at the 15th annual Sports Business Awards Wednesday evening at the New York Marriott Marquis Time Square. This is the first time Barbour won the honor after being a finalist in 2009 and 2018.
The Sports Business AD of the Year award recognizes excellence during the 2020-21 academic year.
Barbour, who announced her retirement March 16, leads one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, overseeing a broad-based program that supports approximately 800 student-athletes in 31 sports (16 men’s/15 women’s). Penn State’s 31 programs are tied for fourth-most among all Football Bowl Subdivision institutions.
During Barbour’s tenure, Nittany Lion student-athletes have consistently broken a variety of academic records, with 32 earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, including two-time CoSIDA Women’s Soccer Academic All-American of the Year Kerry Abello. Penn State has won six NCAA Championships, an NIT Championship and 39 conference titles (31 Big Ten) and played in the three New Year’s Six Bowls under her leadership.
Barbour has also been a leader on the national stage, currently sitting as the chair of the NCAA’s Football Oversight…