Penn State's Barbour the Keynote Speaker for CGA Women's Symposium


NEW LONDON -- Sandy Barbour, director of athletics at Penn State, will be the keynote speaker at the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Department's fifth annual Women's LeadHERship Symposium on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Prominent women in the field of intercollegiate athletics will gather to discuss leadership and other relevant topics in athletic administration during the day-long event.

Barbour arrived at Penn State in 2014 after serving 10 years as the athletic director at the University of California. She directs the Nittany Lions' 31-sport program that supports nearly 850 student-athletes, as well as an athletic staff of more than 300 employees.

Barbour has more than 30 years of varied experiences as a collegiate administrator and coach, with a demonstrated record of championships, academic success, innovation, facility modernization and revenue growth.

During her tenure at Cal-Berkeley, the Golden Bears enjoyed one of their most successful periods in school history, winning 20 team national championships, 97 individual national titles, finishing in the top 10 in the annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings six times, including a program-best third in 2011, and reaching record levels in ticket sales, sponsorships and fundraising.

Barbour was named one of the "100 Most Influential Women in Business" in the Bay Area according to the San Francisco Business Times. She was also named a regional Athletic Director of the Year for 2008-09 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and she was a finalist for National AD of the Year at the Sports Business Awards. Barbour previously was chosen a 2006 Woman of Distinction by the East Bay Business Times and the 2006 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Division I-A National Administrator of the Year.

Prior to moving to Berkeley, Barbour was the deputy director of athletics at Notre Dame, serving as the university's senior athletic administrator from 2002-04.

Barbour, who grew up in a military family (her father was a career aviator in the U.S. Navy), graduated from Wake Forest in 1981, where she was a four-year letter winner in field hockey and played basketball for two seasons. She began her professional career at UMass, serving as a field hockey assistant in 1981 and later served as an assistant athletic director at Northwestern and an associated AD at Tulane.

The Symposium will begin with 9 a.m., with check in and a continental breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Enrollment in the symposium is encouraged and open to women who work in intercollegiate athletics. Registration fee is $75, and covers all activities -- including the breakfast and a catered lunch. For more information contact Katherine Bossardet at (860) 444-8600 or email at

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