Iowa names Wyoming’s Gary Barta athletic director

Iowa names Wyoming’s Gary Barta athletic director

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IOWA CITY (AP) — The University of Iowa announced Friday that Wyoming athletics director Gary Barta has been named its new A.D., replacing Bob Bowlsby.

Barta will begin his new duties on Aug. 1, with at an annual base salary of $295,000.

“Gary Barta stood out as the best candidate in a very competitive pool of candidates following a national search,” University of Iowa interim president Gary Fethke said in a statement. “He has the qualities it takes to improve on an athletics program that is already considered one of the nations best.”

Barta, 42, has been Wyoming’s athletics director since Sept. 2003. Before his stint with the Cowboys, Barta spent seven years as an associate A.D. at the University of Washington.

Barta has strong Iowa ties. From 1990-96, Barta served as the director of athletics development and external relations at the University of Northern Iowa, where he managed all fundraising, marketing and promotions, and media relations activities.

“I look forward to working on a successful transition with Bob Bowlsby, for whom I have the utmost respect. Im eager to get to know our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and the other members of the athletic department and the entire University of Iowa community,” Barta said in a statement.

Barta will take over for Bowlsby in mid-July. Bowlsby announced in April that he will take over as athletic director at Stanford.

Barta is a native of Minneapolis. He is a graduate of North Dakota State, where he helped lead the school’s football team to three Division II national championships.


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