"Under Debbie's outstanding leadership NC State Athletics has experienced continual improvement and reached unsurpassed levels of success, both academically and competitively," said Chancellor Randy Woodson. "Debbie's tremendous dedication to this university, the success of its athletics teams and the academic accomplishments of our student athletes have gone a long way to help fuel NC State's upward trajectory."
As part of the extension, Yow’s annual compensation will be increased from $516,000 to $690,000.
“It is a privilege to serve as a member of Chancellor Woodson’s senior leadership team and to represent Wolfpack Nation,” said Yow. "While we are pleased with our progress to date made by our staff, coaches and student-athletes, there is much more to achieve athletically and academically. Our full focus remains on those goals and we are resolute in our intentions to continue the improvements across all teams."
Under Yow’s leadership, NC State has posted the highest scores in program history in both the Academic Progress Report (APR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) over the last two years.
The overall cumulative GPA of NC State student-athletes in 2013-14 was 3.02, while 243 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or better.
Competitively, NC State has made a steady climb in the Director’s Cup national standings, rising consistently from 89th in the year prior to her arrival in 2010 and currently sitting in 23rd place for the 2014-15 athletic year.
Thus far in 2014-15, NC State athletics has had seven teams finish in the Top 25 of their respective sports, including an eighth-place national finish and an ACC Championship by men’s swimming and diving, and a run to the Sweet 16 by men’s basketball. The football team experienced the second-biggest win improvement among Power 5 conference schools in 2014.
Construction continues on the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility, and a $35 million renovation has begun on historic Reynolds Coliseum, which will provide a permanent home for the NC State Athletics Walk of Fame & History established in 2012 and a new improved facility for gymnastics, volleyball, women’s basketball, and wrestling.
NC State Athletics is a self-support unit. All salaries and operating expenses are paid from self-generated funds and do not include any state funding or tuition dollars.