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Oregon State plucks new AD from Pitt

Scott Barnes has been named vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Oregon State University.

Barnes, who is the University of Pittsburgh athletic director, will begin his new duties on Feb. 13.

Barnes, 54, has served as Pitt’s athletics director since spring of 2015. He follows Todd Stansbury, who left Oregon State in late September to serve as the athletics director of his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Barnes is recognized as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, including serving as the chair of the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection committee for 2014-15.

Barnes’ appointment was made by Oregon State University President Ed Ray following a national search that Ray said drew “incredibly strong interest from a deep pool of leading university athletic directors and top private sector sports administrators.”

“Scott is a proven leader and a champion with a long track record of success," said Ray. "He will lead the immediate and long-term achievement for all OSU sports programs and contribute greatly to the passion of everyone within Beaver Nation. He understands that at Oregon State University, good is not good enough. OSU and its student-athletes will be champions in all aspects of athletics, as students and in the community.”

“I am very excited to join Beaver Nation and am ready to hit the ground running and build upon the success of OSU athletics,” Barnes said. “I guarantee that we will contribute to advancing the mission of this university. We will deliver the highest level of achievement on the playing field and for all student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and in their lives and careers.

“Everything that we will do will be defined by excellence. Success will be measured in wins, championships and by providing the best student-athlete experience possible.”

Prior to joining Pitt, Barnes spent seven years as athletic director at Utah State. He spent nearly three years at Washington as senior associate athletic director for advancement. In that capacity, he was responsible for all external operations for the Huskies' athletic department, including fund-raising, ticket sales, multimedia rights, marketing and communications. Barnes served as athletic director at Eastern Washington University from 1999 to 2005.

Barnes was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2014 as an NACDA athletic director of the year recipient while at Utah State. At Eastern Washington, he was awarded a regional recognition by NACDA.

While at Pitt, Barnes initiated an organizational restructuring and strategic plan to re-energize Pittsburgh athletics.

Barnes led many Pitt athletics achievements, including the basketball team landing a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the 13th appearance in 15 years.

The Pitt football team finished 8-4 and will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl this month.

In the classroom, 379 Pitt student-athletes were honored for achieving a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the 2015 spring or fall terms, while 24 earned a 4.0. The Panthers had a record 245 students earn all-league ACC academic honors.

During Barnes’ tenure at Utah State, the Aggies won 20 conference team championships and the football program averaged 10 wins a year, compiled a 30-11 mark, and won a school-record three consecutive bowl games.

A native of Spokane, Wash., Barnes graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and a master’s degree in athletics administration and physical education in 1993. He also played basketball at Fresno State. Barnes played professional basketball in Germany in 1985-86, and was the general manager of the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League from 1988-89.

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