Scott Barnes (athletic director)

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Scott Barnes
Biographical details
Born (1962-06-23) June 23, 1962 (age 54)
Spokane, Washington
Alma mater Fresno State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1997–1999 Humboldt State
1999–2005 Eastern Washington
2005–2008 Washington (sr. assoc. AD)
2008–2015 Utah State
2015–2017 Pittsburgh
2017–present Oregon State

Scott Barnes (born June 23, 1962) is the vice president and athletic director at Oregon State University. He was previously the athletic director at Utah State University and the University of Pittsburgh. [1]


During his tenure at Utah State University, Barnes greatly increased funding for all Aggie sports, and oversaw the hiring of football coach Gary Andersen and the completion of the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex on campus. He also worked to improve the public image and visibility of Aggie sports, which included inking deals with statewide and national TV stations, as well as a sponsorship deal with the Maverik chain of service stations, resulting in the renaming of the university's football stadium in April 2015.[2]

On May 8, 2013, Barnes was named chairman of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's selection committee.[3]

His work has been recognized thus far with the awarding of the 2009 National Champion in the Excellence in Management Cup to USU, which award is given each year to the university athletics department that wins the most championships with the lowest expenses.[4] The Aggies brought in WAC championships in five sports during the 2008–09 academic year, tied for the most in school history. Barnes was also recently selected as a faculty member in the Division I Athletics Director Association Institute.

As the athletics director, Barnes's work was integral in improving the overall image of Utah State University itself, which image had taken a hit in recent years due to the futility of the football team. The New York Times quoted him as saying "Athletics are the front porch of the university. It’s not the most important room in the house, but it is the most visible."[5]

On December 22, 2016, Barnes was reunited with Gary Andersen and named the Athletic Director and Vice President at Oregon State University.

Before going to OSU, Barnes served as athletics director at Utah State University and Eastern Washington University. He has also held positions at the University of Washington and the University of San Diego. He attended Fresno State University, where he played basketball.[2]


  1. ^ "Pitt to hire Utah State's Scott Barnes as athletic director". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Scott Barnes". Utah State University. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Kuznia, Roger. "Utah State's Scott Barnes named new NCAA Tournament selection committee chair". Sporting News. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Utah State Wins National Championship for Most Economically Efficient Athletics Department". Aggie Town Square. Utah State University. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Longman, Jere (May 29, 2009). "As Costs of Sports Rise, Students Balk at Fees" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 

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