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Biographical Information for Mitch Barnhart


Mitch Barnhart
1959 NW Woodland Drive
Corvallis, Oregon 97330


Ohio University, M.S. Sports Administration - 1982
Ottawa University (Kansas), B.A. - 1981


Oregon State University (Corvallis) February 1998 to present
Director of Athletics

Administrative Highlights:
Reduced inherited operating debt from $12.5 million to $4.8 million in four years - on schedule to elimination.
Balanced budget in each of first four years.
Raised $20 million in capital contributions for new baseball and softball stadiums, indoor practice center and basketball arena renovation.
Developed Beaver Sports Properties - including new play-by-play "Voice of Beavers."
Increased annual fundraising from $800,000 to $4.5 million in FY 2001.
Produced record football sales - from 6,000 season tickets to 23,000 - sold out in nine consecutive games.
Hired five head coaches.
Guided department to highest finish in school history in National Sears Cup standings - 48th with only 14 sports.
Highest GPA for student-athletes since tracking began in 1992 - 2.91 for 520 student-athletes, 173 student-athletes with a 3.0 or better.
Serve on several sports and working committees of the Pac-10 Conference, NCAA and NACDA.
Completed second-cycle of NCAA certification in February 2001.

University of Tennessee (Knoxville) February 1986 to February 1998
Senior Associate Athletic Director (1994-1998)

Administrative Highlights:
Assist Athletic Director in all aspects of administering $35 million budget.
Directly assist Athletic Director in hiring of UT head coaches.
Administrative oversight for Baseball, Indoor/Outdoor Track, Cross-Country and Swimming programs.
Served on NCAA Certification Committee, completed in spring 1995.
Directly responsible for roughly one third of annual revenue base in athletic department ($12 million annually).

Development Highlights:
Created Volunteer Athletic Scholarship Fund which is responsible for over $53 million in annual cash gifts since 1986, $8 million in 1996-97.
Responsible for capital funding to support facility improvement projects for over $75 million since 1986.
Expanded membership in donor fund from 2,200 members to 9,500 with average gift increase from $250 to $950.
Raised endowment base from $1 to $4 million with expectancies of $18 million.

Marketing Highlights
Coordinated the openings/ticketing for Thompson-Boling Arena (25,000 seats), Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium and the 1996 expansion of Neyland Stadium to 105,000+ seats.
Negotiated new all-school uniform/apparel contract with Adidas, signed February 1997.
Negotiated department wide contracts for soft drinks and thirst quencher.
Coordinated all game day activities, half time, etc. with event management.

Community Activities
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board Member, 1988-1994
Big Brothers/Big Sisters President, East Tennessee Valley, 1993 and 1994
United Way Marketing Committee, 1992-1994

Southern Methodist University (Dallas) December 1983 to February 1986
Assistant Executive Director, Mustang Club
Oversight for all annual fund drive activities.
Assisted in raising funds for capital projects.
Assisted in raising funds for endowments.
Involved in all event management activities.

University of Oregon (Eugene) January 1983 to December 1983

Regional Director, Duck Athletic Fund
Created a regional office for Duck Athletic Fund in Portland, Ore.
Oversight for all annual fund drive activities in Portland and Eastern Oregon.
Created special event fund raisers for Portland area.

San Diego State University August 1, 1982 to January 1983: Intern, Aztec Athletic Foundation


Age: 42

Wife: Connie

Children: Kirby (14), Blaire (11), and Scott (8)

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