Sept. 15, 2003
Gary A. Barta, senior associate athletics director at the University of Washington, has been named director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wyoming by President Philip L. Dubois.
Barta's appointment will begin in the middle of October on a date to be determined. Barta succeeds Lee Moon, who left the university in June.
"I am excited to be a Cowboy," says Barta. "Wyoming has all the ingredients to be successful. The coaches and staff are talented, there is a history and tradition of winning, Cowboy alumni and fans are passionate, and there is great leadership from President Dubois on down. Ican't wait to getstarted."
Barta, a 40-year-old native of Minneapolis, has served since 1996 as Washington's senior associate athletics director for external relations and sports programs. In that position he was responsible for raising more than $100 million in private and corporate funds toward the Huskies operating budget and capital improvements; for assisting in the hiring of coaches and administrative staff; for coordinating scheduling for men's basketball, as well as sponsorships and radio negotiations; and for working with coaches and student-athletes to achieve academic and athletic success.
Barta also has been a central participant in the design and construction of five major facilities at the University of Washington, including a $44 million renovation of the Bank of America Arena and a $30 million renovation of the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility. During Barta's tenure, total annual private support has increased from $6.9 million to $15.8 million.
"Going into this search I said I needed an athletics director who could help me bring the Strategic Plan for Intercollegiate Athletics to fruition," says UW President Philip L. Dubois. "On Friday, the university Board of Trustees approved the plan, but there's still a long way to go before it accomplishes what it was designed to do.
"Gary Barta is a leader. He has the experience, the energy, and the personality to help move the University of Wyoming's intercollegiate athletics program to the level of excellence we want for all of our university programs," Dubois continues. "Over the months that this search has been underway, fans of Cowboy and Cowgirl athletics told me over and over how I needed to hire 'a Wyoming guy,' a guy like Paul Roach. Like Paul, Gary was educated in the Dakotas. Like Paul, Gary has the ability to relate to the people of Wyoming. Like Paul, Gary will do his best to get the University of Wyoming back where it belongs -- at the top of the Mountain West Conference."
Dubois continues: "Gary is not just the right guy; he comes from the right kind of place. Coming from the PAC-10, a BCS conference with a storied tradition of excellence, Gary knows what a first-class athletic program looks like, and he knows how to get us there. That experience should serve us well as we implement the Strategic Plan for Intercollegiate Athletics.
"Starting today, the people of this great state will have the opportunity to get to know Gary Barta as I have during this selection process," concludes Dubois. "I expect, over time, that he will earn the confidence and friendship of fans from Cheyenne to Sheridan and from Torrington to Afton. Steve McClain did it, Joe Glenn did it, and I know Gary Barta will do it too. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming Gary, his wife Connie, and their two children (son Luke, 5, and daughter Madison, 3) to Wyoming."
"Gary Barta is a leader. He has the experience, the energy, and the personality to help move the University of Wyoming's intercollegiate athletics program to the level of excellence we want for all of our university programs."
UW President Philip L. Dubois
Barta earned a B.S. degree from North Dakota State University in 1987, where he was an option quarterback on three NCAA Division II national championship football teams. He returned to NDSU the following year as a director of development, assisting in the completion of a $15 million capital campaign and serving on a task force that helped raise funds for the 20,000-seat Fargo Dome on campus. From 1990-1996, Barta served as director of athletics development and external relations for University of Northern Iowa, managing all fundraising, marketing, promotions, and media relations activities for the school's 17-sport program, and hiring coaches and administrative staff.
Dubois announced a five-year package for Barta, with a base salary of $155,000, a housing allowance of $36,000, and a courtesy car. The NCAA Division I-A average for similar packages is $239,500. A comprehensive set of academic, athletics, marketing, and private fundraising incentives could allow Barta to earn an additional $38,750 in compensation. The contract also provides for a $150,000 "buy out" clause should Barta wish to leave Wyoming prior to the end of the contract period.