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.