Penn State introduces new AD, takes over Nittany Lions after stint at Boston College
Penn State has its next athletic director, tabbing Sandy Barbour’s replacement out of Boston College.
On Friday, the Nittany Lions introduced Patrick Kraft as the new AD in Happy Valley. Kraft joins Penn State after stints at Boston College, Temple, Loyola Chicago and Indiana. He most recently led athletics at Boston College since 2020.
“I am thrilled to welcome Pat Kraft and his family — Betsy, Annabelle and Joseph — to the Penn State family. He is an exceptional and inspiring leader with the vision, experience and drive to excel in this role and to build upon our tradition of intercollegiate athletic success,” Penn State president-elect Neeli Bendapudi said via press release. “Along with having a bold vision for excellence and an impressive record of achievement, Pat values teamwork and cares above all about the success and development of student-athletes and coaches on and off the field. With Pat at the helm of our athletics department, the possibilities of what we can accomplish ahead are unlimited.”
— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) April 29, 2022
“This is a special opportunity, and I am incredibly honored to join Penn State’s best-in-class athletics program. I am appreciative of President-elect Bendapudi for her support and invitation to come back to Pennsylvania to be part of the Penn State family,” Kraft said. “In the coming months, I am so excited to meet the community and to begin to work alongside Penn State’s talented student-athletes and dedicated coaches and staff to uphold and advance excellence for Penn State. The University is world class, rich with tradition and has passionate fan support, and we will never stray from what has made the program great. My focus will be to provide the best experience for our student-athletes and staff, continue to grow our sports programs, and to enhance the best atmosphere in the Big Ten for our community and fans.”