Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta receives contract extension through 2023-24 school year


IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta has agreed to contract extension and raise that will pay him at least $1 million annually.

His new contract will run through the 2023-24 school year and his pay will increase from $800,000 annually to $1 million from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Barta's pay will then jump to $1.05 million annually beginning on July 21, 2021 through the end of the contract.

Barta's previouis deal was set to expire on June 30, 2021.

"Gary Barta has shown an unwavering commitment to the University of Iowa and to our key athletic principles of winning, graduating our athletes and operating with integrity," Iowa President Bruce Harreld said in a release. "While I join all Hawkeyes in celebrating the incredible success we had this past year in Big Ten and national competition, I am most proud that under Gary’s leadership our student athletes competed at this elite level while also exceling in the classroom. More than 300 student-athletes earned Dean's List and/or President's List recognition, more than 200 student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten, and Iowa had a 90% Graduation Success Rate (GSR). This is what collegiate athletics is all about and I’m glad we will have Gary Barta at the helm for many years to come!"

The 55-year old Barta was hired from the University of Wyoming to replace Bob Bowlsby as the Iowa Athletic Director in 2006.

"I’m grateful to President Harreld and everyone at the University for the opportunity I have to work in a great environment at a world-class institution," Barta said in a release. "Our student-athletes, coaches and staff are having incredible success.  We have the best fans in the country and their support is truly appreciated.  And, I believe the best is yet to come."

Barta is in his first year of a three-year term as a member of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee.

In 2018-19 Iowa earned four Big Ten championships: men’s track and field, men’s gymnastics regular season (tie), wrestling regular-season (tie), and women’s basketball tournament. Iowa placed 38th in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings, its highest ranking since 2000 (29th).