Iowa promotes Barbara Burke to deputy athletic director
Iowa has found its new deputy athletic director.
Barbara Burke, who joined the department last summer, will take the place of Gene Taylor, who left to become Kansas State’s athletic director on Friday. The school made the announcement in a news release Tuesday.
Burke’s previous role at Iowa was senior associate athletics director for sport administration and event management, but this new job is one more closely aligned with what she’s done at other schools. Burke was athletic director at Eastern Illinois from 2008-14, and served as deputy athletic director/chief operating officer at Tulane before coming to Iowa.
“I’ve known Barbara for many years and worked with her in the past. We were thrilled when she agreed to join the Hawkeye family a year ago,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a release. “She has incredible experience as both an athletics director and deputy athletics director. She’s a collaborative leader with great passion and is dedicated to helping our student-athletes and coaches succeed.”
Burke played softball and basketball at Western Michigan from 1976-80 before starting her career in athletic administration. She’s involved in the Women Leaders in College Sports, and will continue to serve as the Iowa athletic department’s senior women’s administrator.
“I look forward to continuing to serve our coaches, staff and student-athletes in my new role,” Burke said in the 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.”