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Athletic Department Restructures Into Four Administrative Divisions

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour announced changes to the intercollegiate athletic department on Monday, restructuring into four main administrative divisions: business and finance; student-athlete performance, health and welfare; internal and external operations; and administration.

The goal of the new, more vertical structure is to “allow synergies to be captured across the areas of sport performance and student-athlete welfare by moving all individuals responsible for these functions into one division,” per a release. The office of intercollegiate athletics will still be led by university president Eric Barron and run by Barbour.

“We are building what we feel is the best structure for Penn State Athletics for the present and future,” Barbour said in a statement. “We are moving in a direction that will effectively serve our most important stakeholders, our student-athletes, while employing a contemporary business model to engage and provide value to our fans. This strategic move will allow us to modernize our business while taking a national leadership role in intercollegiate athletics.”

In addition to the restructuring, Penn State promoted associate athletic directors Charmelle Green and Rick Kaluza. Green was named senior associate athletic director for student-athlete performance, health and welfare and senior woman administrator, while Kaluza was tabbed as senior associate athletic director for finance and business operations.

Newly-hired deputy athletic director/chief operating officer Phil Esten and senior associate athletic director of administration Lynn Holleran worked with longtime employees, Linda Caldwell, the faculty athletic representative, and Heather Wilson, the executive assistant, to begin the restructuring last October. Esten, Green, Holleran, and Kaluza will make up the ICA leadership team that reports to Barbour.

A number of current staff members also received new titles, including football strength coach and director of performance enhancement Dwight Galt, trainer Tim Bream, and football sports information director Jeff Nelson.

Additional title changes announced by Barbour include (with new title):

  • Dave Baker, Associate AD, Business Operations;
  • Jan Bortner, Associate AD, Student-Athlete Success;
  • Tim Bream; Assistant AD, Sport Performance;
  • Clint Eury, Interim Assistant AD, Human Resources;
  • Dwight Galt; Assistant AD, Strength and Conditioning;
  • Jim Nachtman; Assistant AD for Media and Video Production;
  • Jeff Nelson; Associate AD for Strategic Communications;
  • Stephanie Petulla; Assistant AD for Creative Services and Brand Management;
  • Jay Takach; Assistant AD, Equipment Services;
  • Mark Wharton; Associate AD, Development

“I have been so impressed by the people in Intercollegiate Athletics in my short time at Penn State,” Barbour said. “There is a tremendous sense of pride, passion and integrity in the way our staff conducts its business, keeping what is best for our student-athletes at the forefront of our daily operations. This move will enable us to better position our staff, coaches and key stakeholders as we continue to provide the very best conditions for success for our student-athletes.”

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CJ Doon

CJ is a senior journalism major from Long Island and Onward State's Sports Editor. He is a third-generation Penn Stater, and his grandfather wrestled for the university back in the 1930s under coach Charlie “Doc” Speidel. Besides writing, one of his favorite activities is making sea puns. You can follow him on Twitter @CJDoon, and send your best puns to [email protected], just for the halibut.

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