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What I Learned With Penn State’s Sandy Barbour, Southern Utah’s Debbie Corum & MIT’s Julie Soriero

Guest Sandy Barbour, Penn State; Debbie Corum, Southern Utah; Julie Soriero, MIT
34:27 min watch


ADU’s Steph Garcia Cichosz hosts a panel of recently-retired female leaders, including Penn State Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour, Southern Utah Director of Athletics Debbie Corum and MIT Director of Athletics Julie Soriero, to reflect on their decades in college athletics and look to the future— of their lives outside the office and for the industry. The trio share key learnings from their time in the Big Chair, their advice for navigating change and their expectations for the next phase of Title IX before discussing their upcoming projects and pursuits.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - Julie, do you have any advice for Sandy and Debbie as they enter retirement?
  • - Sandy and Debbie, has it taken a minute to let go of college athletics since retiring from the Big Chair?
  • - If you could start a new career today, what would it be?
  • - What skills from your work as a coach translated to your time in the chair?
  • - What everyday task or activity was the most challenging part of being an AD?
  • - When was the last time you did something for the first time?
  • - What industry issue will you be keeping your eye on?
  • - What advice do you have for up-and-coming administrators who might be overwhelmed by the current pace of change in the industry?
  • - What did work-life balance really look like for you while in the chair?
  • - What does the next phase of Title IX look like in this industry?
  • - Is there a book or podcast or Netflix series you're looking forward to picking up during your retirement?