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Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour gets contract extension, new title

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour, a Severn graduate and former Annapolis resident, received a contract extension through the 2022-23 academic year, the school announced Friday.

In addition, Barbour will assume the title of vice president for intercollegiate athletics. Barbour has led Penn State's 31-sport athletic program, serving approximately 800 students, since August 2014.

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Her contract extension, which was approved by the board of trustees' compensation committee, is retroactive to July 1, replacing the final year of her previous contract, and runs through Aug. 31, 2023.

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour cheers during Penn State's 75-69 upset win over visiting Michigan in men's basketball Feb. 12.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour cheers during Penn State's 75-69 upset win over visiting Michigan in men's basketball Feb. 12. (John Beale / AP)

It has an average annual base of $1.27 million, which would have been the fourth-highest in the country during the 2017-18 school year, the Centre Daily Times reported.

"Sandy has consistently promoted excellence in intercollegiate athletics — in academics and athletic competitions, and she is widely hailed among the best athletic directors in the nation," Penn State President Eric Barron said.

During Barbour's four-plus years leading Penn State athletics, the Nittany Lions have captured five NCAA championships in women's soccer, women's volleyball and wrestling. Penn State has won 20 Big Ten titles and five EIVA crowns from 12 sports for a total of 25 conference championships under Barbour's leadership.

In November, the NCAA released statistics showing that Penn State student-athletes earned a school-record-tying Graduation Success Rate of 90 percent for the second consecutive year.

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