Barbara Burke named Iowa's deputy director of athletics

Dargan Southard

The promotion of Barbara Burke to deputy director of athletics was announced Tuesday, first revealed by assistant attorney general George Carroll in his opening statement as part of the Jane Meyer lawsuit in Des Moines. The school later confirmed the move in a release.

The promotion of Barbara Burke to deputy director of athletics was announced Tuesday.

Burke fills the vacancy left by Gene Taylor, who was named athletic director at Kansas State last Friday.

Burke, who joined the Iowa athletics staff as senior associate athletic director for sport administration and event management last summer, will have a number of responsibilities in her new role. She’ll continue to serve as the UI’s senior women’s administrator and will be involved in all strategic planning, including facility planning, capital projects and student-athlete code of conduct and discipline.

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

Burke has more than 25 years of experience as a collegiate administrator. Prior to joining the Iowa staff, she worked as the deputy athletics director and chief operating officer at Tulane after spending six years (2008-14) as the athletic director at Eastern Illinois. Burke also has previous experience working under Iowa athletic director Gary Barta at Wyoming. Barta was athletic director there from 2003-06, and Burke worked in a variety of capacities from 1998-2008.

Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.