In his position, Bartko will oversee all fund-raising matters related to Intercollegiate Athletics at Cal, as well as managing the Bear Backer organization and the Athletic Ticket Office.
"I am very pleased that Jim is joining the Cal staff to lead our development efforts," Barbour said. "He brings a wealth of fund-raising and administrative expertise to the position, having overseen several highly successful capital campaigns at the University of Oregon. Jim is inheriting an extremely talented and dedicated staff, and I'm confident that under his strong and determined leadership, Cal will achieve unprecedented success. This is an exciting time for Cal Athletics. We're thrilled that Jim and his family will be joining us in this endeavor. "
Bartko joins the Cal staff after a long career at the University of Oregon that began in 1989. Over the course of his tenure, he has successfully raised more than $150 million for capital improvements and facility enhancements at
Oregon, including a $91 million expansion of Autzen Stadium.
"I am honored to have this opportunity at the University of California," Bartko said. "I appreciate Sandy and the staff's trust in me, and I look forward to working with the current development office staff as we move forward with
our fund-raising activities."
From 2003-06, Bartko served as the associate athletic director responsible for university relations with major gift givers and prospects. In that capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of a proposed new basketball arena,
including fund raising and design, and assisted with direct oversight of more than $10.5 million in annual gifts, as well as football and men's basketball season ticket sales. In addition, Bartko supervised Oregon's men's and
women's golf programs and the equipment room staff.
Bartko was Oregon's assistant athletic director for community and corporate relations from 1998-2003, when he acted as the department's primary liaison and overseer of the university's shoe and apparel partnership with Nike.
He also identified major donors for a wide variety of capital improvements, including the football stadium, an indoor practice facility, weight and locker rooms, and a soccer stadium and football practice field.
From 1994-98, Bartko served as assistant athletic director for the Duck Athletic Fund and was responsible for all development activities, which included the annual fund drive, donor seat allocation, special events, major gift and
capital improvements. He began his career at Oregon as a regional director of the Duck Athletic Fund in 1989.
Bartko earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration with a minor in business administration from Washington State in 1987. He later worked as an intern and assistant director of marketing at WSU from 1987-89.
Oregon Athletic Director Bill Moos released this statement regarding Bartko:
"Jim Bartko has played a vital role in the success of Oregon athletics during his time with the university. Although his roles have changed during his seventeen years on staff I am most appreciative of his efforts as a major fund raiser, which have been instrumental in the growth we have experienced over the past few years. We will miss Jim's dedication and hard work, and wish him and his family well in their new endeavors."
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