Mitch Barnhart

Athletic Director
University of Kentucky


Mitch Barnhart, the Director of Athletics for the University of Kentucky, is a member of The Integrity Media Network’s Board of Directors.

Barnhart takes an innovators approach to growing the University of Kentucky brand into one of the best known and most successful sports icons in America.

Numerous athletic programs at the University of Kentucky have reached unprecedented heights under his guidance. The school claimed its first SEC baseball title in 2006. That came one year after SEC titles were captured in women's tennis, men's golf and men's basketball from 2005.

Barnhart’s achievements at Kentucky include the construction of the state-of-the-art Joe Craft Center for men and women’s basketball, a record 80-million dollar multi-media rights agreement with Host Communication and consecutive bowl game victories for the University of Kentucky football program.

The Kansas City, Kansas native is a frequent speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a tireless fund-raiser for other causes close to his heart.

Before coming to Kentucky, Barnhart served at the Athletics Director at Oregon State from 1998-2002. Prior to that, Barnhart has held positions in the athletic departments at Tennessee, Southern Methodist University, Oregon, and San Diego State.

Mitch played college golf at Ottawa University (Kansas) and earned a masters’ in sports administration from Ohio University. He and his wife, the former Connie Brown, have three children, Kirby, Blaire, and Scott.

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