Nebraska Athletics Leader Inspires Nebraskans Young and Old With Her Lasting Gifts

Her Game Plan
Dr. Hibner died last March after battling bone cancer, but the thousands of young women she touched during her 28 years at the University of Nebraska survive as her lasting legacy.

She left a second legacy as well: her generous gift of $50,000 from her TIAA CREF retirement account, which will fund NET Television's sports programming.

Title IX and Nine Titles
Born in Gettysburg, Penn., Dr. Hibner graduated from Penn State University in 1964 and earned a Master's Degree from the State University of New York at Cortland and a Ph.D. from Texas Women's University. She launched her career during a critical time in women's athletics, just as the groundbreaking Title IX Educational Amendment was enacted in 1972.

Dr. Hibner began her Husker career as Nebraska's Assistant Women's Athletic Director from 1978 to 1985, then served as Women's Athletic Director until 1994 and retired as Senior Women's Administrator in 2005. Her leadership saw Nebraska women's teams through nine national titles.

No Detail Too Small
But those are just the job titles. Dr. Hibner's real impact was in the people she touched, like Husker Head Softball Coach and Senior Women's Administrator Rhonda Revelle, who first met Hiber as an athlete in 1981. "She gave me and Nebraska Women's Athletics every piece of knowledge and every ounce of energy she had," said Revelle. "Most of all, Dr. Hibner taught us all to lead by word and by example."

Dr. Hibner dreamed large but never overlooked the details. When the former Husker softball field needed lights, she knocked on doors until the money was raised. And before the days of sell-out crowds, she set up and took down folding chairs for the Husker volleyball matches.

"Her stamina for doing the important tasks that others would disdain was legendary," said former Husker Volleyball Coach Terry Pettit.

Integrity Leads and Lasts
Barbara Hibner was too ill to witness the Husker women victorious against Stanford in the 2006 NCAA Volleyball Championship at the Qwest Center last December. But her spirit loomed large, and will resound in generations of Nebraska athletes to come.

"Her true legacy will live on in the individual athletes she fought for, mentored, protected and ultimately loved," said former Husker track and field start Nancy Kindig-Malone. "She always said, 'Integrity leads and lasts.' Her life was a testimony to that statement."

It's Your Turn to Inspire Nebraska
Gifts from a retirement account, gift annuities and gifts of stock are just a few of the unique ways you can support NET Television and NET Radio and, in turn, inspire Nebraska. Review this site for more planned giving ideas. Or contact one NET's planned giving professionals:

Jeff Beckman
Executive Director
(402) 472-9333, ext. 380

Michele Peon-Casanova
Director of Major & Planned Gifts
(402) 472-9333, ext. 375

Bridget Robbins
Omaha Development Director
(402) 699-7734

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