Jim Bartko image via Fresno State
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno State announced Monday afternoon that Jim Bartko, who has served as the university’s athletic director since January 2015, has resigned for personal reasons.
The announcement was made by University President Joseph I. Castro, who hired the Central Valley native from a position of executive senior associate athletic director for the University of Oregon Ducks.
“Jim Bartko focused on charting a new direction for Fresno State’s athletics program, and he took the lead in developing the vision for the Bulldog Stadium modernization project. He engaged new supporters across the region and increased involvement in advancing our program,” Castro said in a statement.
A university news release listed a number of Bartko’s accomplishments in his nearly three-year term:
— In June, 60 percent of 425 student-athletes posted a GPA above 3.0, including 120 student-athletes who held a GPA above 3.50 and 41 who had a perfect 4.0.
— Five men’s and women’s sports earned NCAA public recognition awards for academic excellence achieving the highest possible Academic Progress Rate score with a perfect mark of 1,000 in May.
— Men’s basketball won the 2016 Mountain West tournament championship advancing to first NCAA tournament since 2001.
— Expanded Fresno State’s NCAA Division 1-sanctioned sports through the reinstatement of men’s wrestling and the addition of women’s water polo.
— Hired several distinguished head coaches, including: Jeff Tedford (football), Troy Steiner (wrestling), Natalie Benson (women’s water polo) and Linda Garza (softball) and Paluka Shields (men’s tennis).
“Jim’s commitment to improving the student and fan experience has helped us recruit talented athletes and coaches,” Castro said. “We are appreciative of the groundwork he has laid for continued momentum and growth of Fresno State athletics.”
Castro appointed Steve Robertello as interim director of athletics.
According to the news release, the university will be issuing no further comments on Bartko’s resignation.