Gary Barta and Iowa have officially announced the athletics director’s retirement, effective on Aug. 1.

Barta will retire after 17 years as athletics director. One of the longest tenured Power 5 conference athletic directors in the country, Barta joined Iowa in 2006 after he held a similar position at Wyoming. The Hawkeyes said they would announce an interim AD next week.

“It has been an absolute privilege and honor to serve in this role the past 17 years. I’m humbled to have worked beside and on behalf of so many student-athletes, coaches, staff, donors, fans and community leaders over the past 2 decades,” he said in a statement.

Barta had a mixed tenure with multiple lawsuits and fan backlash over offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz. But the Hawkeyes also enjoyed 4 NCAA team titles; 27 B1G Conference team titles; nearly 500 All-America honorees; and more than 160 student-athletes recognized as first-team All-B1G.

“Gary’s achievements at the University of Iowa are significant, and our coaches and student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous success on and off the field during his tenure,” Iowa President Barbara Wilson said. “I’m grateful for his leadership as a Hawkeye and I wish him well in his retirement.”