Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was introduced as Penn State's new athletic director Saturday afternoon, making her the first female AD in the university's history.

She resigned from Cal last month after a 10-year stint and will officially begin her Penn State tenure on Aug. 18. She will take over for Penn State's Dave Joyner, who retired in June after taking the reins for two and a half years following the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

"We found the right person to lead our program," university president Eric Barron said during Saturday's news conference. "And the screening committee that weighed candidate credentials found this person to be the clear choice, the first choice of every single member."

Barbour will earn an annual base salary of $700,000 over the length of her five-year contract -- with a $100,000 retention bonus and incentive compensation that can reach as much as $100,000 annually. Barbour said she had no idea this opportunity would present itself when she stepped down last month at Cal and said the prestige of the position alone initially drew her interest.