Sandy Barbour To Commence ‘Shaping The Future Summit’

Athletic Director Sandy Barbour will kick off the annual Shaping the Future Summit, which this year will discuss “The Power Of Money,” tonight in Atherton Hall.

Barbour, in her first year heading the university’s athletic department, will engage in a special discussion on the financial sustainability in college athletics. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will occur from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Atherton Hall’s Grandfather Clock Lounge. The discussion will further speak to the Collegiate Model, and challenge the amateur status of NCAA student-athletes.

The Shaping the Future Summit, in part headed by the Schreyer Honors College, is a five-event series headlined by a speech by Magic Johnson on April 1. PricewaterhouseCoopers Vice Chairman Mitch Cohen will speak Friday night, contributing to 2015’s theme: The Power of Money.

According to its website, the summit is “designed to engage the Penn State community in discussion and interactive programs focused on global issues and leadership scenarios in the next decade.”

“The shape of our future will be determined by today’s students and how they answer tough questions. We want to give these questions to them now rather than later,” said Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady.

A reception with Creamery ice cream will follow the event.

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