According to a press release from the University of Iowa, Athletic Director Gary Barta will be retiring. See the full details of that release below:

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Gary Barta, the Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair at the University of Iowa, will retire August 1st after 17 years as athletics director.
One of the longest-tenured Power 5 conference athletic directors, Barta joined the UI Department of Athletics in 2006 after holding a similar position at the University of Wyoming. 
“It has been an absolute privilege and honor to serve in this role the past 17 years. I’m humbled to have worked beside and on behalf of so many student-athletes, coaches, staff, donors, fans, and community leaders over the past two decades.”
-Gary Barta, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair at the University of Iowa
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Under Barta’s leadership, the Department of Athletics has noted a long list of accomplishments, including:
  • Numerous teams achieved on-the-field success, including four NCAA team titles; 27 Big Ten Conference team titles; numerous individual Big Ten titles; nearly 500 all-America honorees; more than 160 student-athletes recognized as first-team all-Big Ten; multiple national player of the year award winners; Big Ten player of the year recipients; and coach of the year recognitions.  
  • More than 750 Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar recipients, and for eight years in a row Iowa recorded a 3.0 or higher student-athlete average GPA, 89% Graduation Success Rate, and all teams meeting or exceeding the NCAA standards for Academic Progress Rate. 
  • More than $380 million in facility upgrades and new construction projects, including Kinnick Stadium’s North Endzone; Hansen Football Performance Center; Gerdin Athletic Learning Center; Carver-Hawkeye Arena Howard Family Pavilion; Goschke Family Wrestling Training Center; Nagle Family Clubhouse and Hoak Family Golf Complex; Iowa Soccer Operations Center; P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse; and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center natatorium, among others.
  • Raising more than $650 million in private support for athletics scholarships, operations, facilities, and endowments. During Barta’s tenure, the athletics endowment grew from $31 million to $76 million, creating numerous student-athlete scholarships in addition to administrative and coaching endowments. 
  • Naming Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium (2021) and the creation of the Duke Slater sculpture as part of the north end zone renovation.
  • Becoming the first Power Five school to add women’s wrestling (2021).
Barta has served on numerous NCAA committees over the years, including the NCAA Division I Council for four years. He also served for three years (2019-2021) on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, two of those years as chair, and was named the 2015-16 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics/Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year.
“Gary’s achievements at the University of Iowa are significant, and our coaches and student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous success on and off the field during his tenure. I’m grateful for his leadership as a Hawkeye and I wish him well in his retirement."
- Barbara Wilson, UI President
An interim athletics director will be announced next week.
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