After serving as Penn State’s athletic director for 8 years, Sandy Barbour has decided to step down from her post. She made the announcement official last week and spoke with reporters on Monday.

Barbour has spent the last 8 years at Penn State after serving as the athletic director at Cal from 2004-14. Prior to that, she’s had stops at Notre Dame, Northwestern and Tulane.

Barbour talked about the decision to retire on Monday, while speaking with the media:

In her time as the athletic director, Penn State has won 31 B1G championships and claimed 6 NCAA titles. Barbour has also led initiatives to renovate and upgrade the athletic facilities on Penn State’s campus.

“These last eight years have been the most incredible and satisfying of my career. The passion, the commitment and the purpose with which the Penn State community pursues excellence is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and I am honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve Penn State students, coaches, faculty, staff and our incredible community,” said Barbour. “Thanks to Penn State, I’ve had the opportunity to develop amazing relationships, work with the best coaches and staff in all of college sports, and most importantly, been surrounded by the most remarkable student-athletes in the country. Penn State and the Happy Valley community have captured my heart and will always hold a treasured place.

“I owe a special thank you to President Barron for the invitation to join the Penn State community in 2014, and for his partnership, counsel and friendship over our time together,” added Barbour. “He has been a strong and determined leader and a constant advocate for the value and positive contribution of intercollegiate athletics at Penn State and in higher education.”

Penn State has announced it will conduct a national search to find Barbour’s replacement. She will officially retire in the summer.