Penn State hires Patrick Kraft as athletic director

Penn State has officially hired former Boston College athletic director Patrick Kraft as vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics (athletic director). Kraft succeeds Sandy Barbour, who recently retired after more than seven years. He spent five years as a Temple AD before being hired by BC in July 2020. The move became official today after a meeting of the board compensation committee.

Kraft’s six-year contract will pay him a base salary of $750,000, with multiple incentives for department and team performance.

Kraft only spent 21 months in British Columbia, but oversaw significant accomplishments in athletics, sponsorship and fundraising. The Eagles women’s lacrosse team won its first NCAA championship in 2021, just the school’s sixth all-time team championship. Kraft also negotiated a major 10-year shoe deal with New Balance and a three-year apparel deal with Adidas, making BC the first FBS team with a football-only apparel and footwear deal.

Additionally, Kraft secured a major gift to lead the construction of a new basketball practice facility, improved annual fundraising for BC Athletics by 170% year over year the other and spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $9 million for various athletic department initiatives. While at Temple, Kraft set records for the annual fund for five consecutive years, while steadily increasing ticket sales revenue.

His academic record in British Columbia was also exemplary, with 455 student-athletes finishing the 2020-21 academic year with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Charles P. Patton