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Mitch Barnhart (born August 27, 1959 in Kansas City, KS) is the athletics director for the Kentucky Wildcats athletics program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Barnhart was hired by the university in 2002 succeeding Larry Ivy. Barnhart served in the same capacity at Oregon State University from 1998-2002. He is the university's tenth athletics director. Barnhart's current salary is $600,000 per year. In February 2011 Barnhart signed a 3-year extension on his contract which will keep him at Kentucky until 2019
Barnhart received his B.A. from Ottawa University (Kansas) and an M.S. in sports administration from Ohio University.
Barnhart is currently the longest serving AD in the SEC. For the 2016-17 school year, Kentucky athletics finished 11th nationally in the NACDA Directors' Cup, more than 100 student-athletes graduating, and finishing five straight years with an average GPA of over 3.0.
As of 2017, several coaches and administrators who have worked under Barnhart at Kentucky are now serving as athletic directors at other universities, including: Greg Byrne of Alabama
Mark Coyle at Minnesota
Rob Mullens at Oregon
Scott Stricklin at Florida
John Cohen at Mississippi State