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Penn State AD Barbour ranked among most powerful women in sports

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour talks during a town hall meeting at Rec Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour talks during a town hall meeting at Rec Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. cweddle@centredaily.com

Penn State Athletics Director Sandy Barbour was ranked No. 11 on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in sports.

Barbour, who has led the Nittany Lions’ athletic department since August 2014, is among four women on the list who work mostly in intercollegiate athletics, the highest ranked athletic director and No. 2 in college sports.

Forbes’ most powerful women in sports 1. Lesa France Kennedy, International Speedway Corp. CEO 2. Michele Roberts, NBA Players Association president 3. Christine Driessen, ESPN executive vice president and chief financial officer 4. Venus and Serena Williams, tennis players 5. Kim Ng, Major League Baseball senior vice president for baseball operations

She oversees a program that supports about 800 student-athletes and almost 300 staff.

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

Barbour also is overseeing a master planning process, which began in October, that seeks to address needs for all of the Nittany Lions’ facilities and office space.

Candidates for Forbes’ list were rated on criteria including organizational revenues; career accomplishments; influence outside their company and across the sports industry; and how actively and successfully they wield their power.

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