It was just a few weeks ago that Sarah Baumgartner was promoted to Deputy Athletic Director, putting her clearly as the No. 2 person in the department.
Obviously and clearly, Pat Hobbs knew what he had in the lead fundraiser when he moved her up.
Just today, Baumgartner was named NCAA Division I FBS Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
From the press release in the tweet above, "Sarah is a skilled administrator and an exceptional relationship builder," said Hobbs. "We are very fortunate to have her leadership and vision to ensure a defined plan for success. We are proud to share in her success as she accepts this much-deserved honor."
Baumgartner came to Rutgers from the University of Missouri where she spearheaded a highly successful fundraising campaign.
"I am absolutely humbled to be honored by an organization that has done so much for so many women throughout collegiate athletics," said Baumgartner. "It is a privilege to be a member of such a talented staff at Rutgers under the leadership of Pat Hobbs. The hard work, dedication and commitment by so many members of our team is what made this recognition possible. I'm so excited to build on our momentum as we continue to create a championship culture within athletics."
The Illinois grad has been at Rutgers now for two-and-one-half years and has been leading the charge with the new R B1G Build campaign. Just last evening, she met with the first of the "captains" for the campaign, creating a more personal approach to raising the $100 million for the facility construction now in the planning stages.
Earlier today, On the Banks had named her as the No. 4 "power broker" in Rutgers athletics.