Iowa's Barbara Burke promoted to deputy AD

Burke fills role vacated by Gene Taylor, who took job as AD at Kansas State

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IOWA CITY — One day after former Iowa deputy athletics director Gene Taylor was introduced in his new role as Director of Athletics at Kansas State, the University of Iowa announced his replacement. Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Tuesday the promotion of Barbara Burke to Deputy Director of Athletics after having being hired last summer at Iowa as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Event Management.

Burke’s new role was initially announced during testimony at the employment discrimination lawsuit trial in Des Moines for former UI athletics official Jane Meyer, followed by a release from the school Tuesday afternoon.

Burke came to Iowa after serving as Deputy Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer at Tulane University. Before her time at Tulane, Burke served as the Director of Athletics at Eastern Illinois for six years.

“She has incredible experience as both an Athletics Director and Deputy Athletics Director,” Barta said in a news release. “She’s a collaborative leader with great passion and is dedicated to helping our student-athletes and coaches succeed.”

According to the release from the school, in her new role, Burke will continue to serve as the UI’s Senior Women’s Administrator, be involved in all strategic planning, including facility planning and capital projects, and in student-athlete Code of Conduct and discipline.

Burke will continue to serve as the department’s primary sport administrator, while assisting with the day-to-day operations of football and men’s basketball.

Barta also announced the UI athletics department will immediately begin a national search to fill Burke’s previous position.

“I look forward to continuing to serve our coaches, staff and student-athletes in my new role,” Burke said in a news release. “We have a responsibility to represent our community and the University of Iowa. I do not take that lightly, and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”

More details from the UI news release about Burke and her career before coming to Iowa can be found below:

“Burke spent 10 years at Wyoming (1998-2008), serving in a variety of capacities. From July, 2006, until leaving for EIU, she was deputy director of athletics and senior women’s administrator. In that role, Burke helped oversee strategic planning for the department, as well as the day-to-day operations of Wyoming’s 17-sport athletic program.

In addition to her years of service at Wyoming as a senior administrator, Burke served as an athletic administrator at the University of Texas at El Paso (1997-98), Marshall University (1994-97) and West Virginia State University (1992-94). During stints at Wyoming and UTEP, Burke was named interim athletics director at the institutions, as both schools transitioned to new directors of athletics.

A member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) and Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA), Burke has served on numerous athletic committees, including the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball committee (2005-07), Mountain West Conference Championship committee (2004), and Southern Conference Softball Sports/Tournament committee (1995-96). She served as Wyoming’s representative on the Mountain West Conference transition team as the new league was formed in 1998.

In September, 2010, Burke was selected to serve on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee, and was named committee chair in August, 2012. In addition to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee, Burke served on the NCAA Division I Championship/Sports Management Cabinet, and was a member of the FCS Central Regional Football Advisory committee.”

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