Mitch Barnhart has been the Athletic Director at the University of Kentucky since 2002, establishing his 15X15X15 Plan in 2008. In March 2015, he achieved his goals of ranking among NCAA’s top 15 athletic programs, winning at least 15 conference or national championships, and posting a cumulative 3.0 GPA for UK’s 500 plus student-athletes. In addition, UK Athletics has directly and indirectly contributed nearly $200 million to the UK mission since he came on board. Barnhart is extremely active in community service personally, serving among the people of Appalachia with his wife Connie ’81 and racking up 4,319 UK Athletics community service hours in 2013 -14. Barnhart serves on the NCAA Division I Council and has served as chair of the NCAA Basketball Issues Committee.