Oregon State has ended a fall-long absence of an Athletic Director with a weeks long hiring process that will bring Scott Barnes to Corvallis to fill the job vacated when Todd Stansbury left after only about a year to return to his alma mater, and take the AD job at Georgia Tech.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
“I chose Scott Barnes because he is the perfect fit for Oregon State University,” Oregon State President Ed Ray added in another statement. “He will guide OSU Athletics to compete and win championships the right way, the Oregon State way. Scott is a proven leader and a champion with a long track record of success. 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.”
Barnes officially begins work February 13, and will have a Vice-President title to go along with Athletic Director on his business card.
Terms of the negotiated hire, which began last week, only to bog down, leading to a disjointed episode with the school’s marketing mouthpiece, but reached fruition today, were not mentioned in the initial announcement.