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.