Beth Goetz named Iowa’s next athletics director

Beth Goetz was named the University of Iowa’s next Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair on January 18 after serving in the role as interim since August 2.

“Beth is a talented and dynamic leader, and the national search we conducted has substantiated that she is the best athletics director for the University of Iowa,” says UI President Barbara Wilson. “She has done a remarkable job as interim, and I am confident she will lead our athletics department and student-athletes to new levels of achievement both on the field of play and in the classroom.”

The university launched a national search at the end of November 2023. The search committee was chaired by Nicole Grosland, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering.

“The search produced an impressive group of candidates,” says Grosland. “The committee had an opportunity to interview multiple sitting athletic directors from across the country. Beth emerged as a finalist with a strong vision to lead the department at this crucial time.”

Goetz, who becomes UI’s 13th athletics director, joined the Iowa athletics staff in September 2022 as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer. When former director Gary Barta retired Aug. 1 after 17 years at the university, Goetz was named interim director.

Read more from Iowa Now