â€œFirst year goals were a lot about listening and learning, to be candid,â€ Yow said. â€œLearning about our culture, listening to our employees both administrators and coaches about what their needs were. That took weeks and weeks and weeks, but it was well worth the time.â€
Yow has also sat down with just about everyone involved in NC State athletics to set forth a five-year plan. She says that the success of that plan will be measured in many different ways, but one of the most visible to the university and its fan base is through the Directorâ€™s Cup standings which rank overall athletic performance across all sports.
â€œIn most cases the benchmarks that have been established are measurable,â€ Yow said. â€œCompetitive excellence, academic excellence; weâ€™ll measure ourselves against the public universities in the ACC, but weâ€™ll also benchmark against our selves.â€
NC State has already made a noticeable jump by these standards leaping from 89th overall to No. 67 in Yowâ€™s first year.
â€œThat might not float anyone elseâ€™s boat but it does mine. I want to be sure our coaches and our staff knows how pleased I am with that,â€ she said. â€œI really want our program to be in the Top 25 in the next five years.â€