June 17, 2014 - by

Barbara Jo Palmer Bio

  Barbara Jo Palmer
Barbara Jo Palmer

Hall of Fame Class:
1990 (Coaches and Administration)

Barbara Jo Palmer assumed her position as FSU’s Women’s Athletic Director in 1977 with a total budget for the women’s program of $163,000. In just five years, Palmer raised that number to over one million dollars and gave FSU as strong a women’s program as any school in the country. Recalling her years spent with the Athletic Department, Palmer said, “When I started here, my goal was to have a program that could offer our talented female athletes the best educational and athletic experience possible. I believe we have succeeded in attaining this goal.” Palmer achieved this goal and much more. She was a pioneer in elevating FSU women’s programs to the status they enjoy today.


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