Stanford University

Bernard Muir
Director of Athletics

Bernard Muir

Bernard Muir was named Stanford’s Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics on July 27, 2012. He was appointed to his position by Provost John Etchemendy.

Through four seasons under Muir’s leadership, Stanford has extended two of the most unfathomable streaks in college athletics. In 2015-16, the Cardinal captured its 22nd consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, presented to the most successful intercollegiate athletic department in the nation. Meanwhile, Stanford has also won at least one NCAA championship in each of the last 40 seasons, the longest such streak in the nation.

The 2015-16 campaign served as the latest example, with Stanford capturing NCAA titles in men’s soccer and women’s tennis while also taking home the U.S. Collegiate championship in synchronized swimming and the IRA National championship in lightweight rowing. Of Stanford’s 132 championships overall, 109 are NCAA titles. Stanford also claimed its fourth Capital One Cup, winning on the men’s side for the first time.

Stanford was equally successful in the classroom, with 17 varsity teams receiving APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. Meanwhile, 14 teams earned a perfect score of 1,000 for the multi-year rate, measuring data collected over a span of four academic years.

In addition to its 36 varsity sports, the Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) supports campus-wide recreation, fitness and wellness programs. Among DAPER’s notable facility upgrades during Muir’s tenure: Arrillaga Family Sports Center addition, Stanford Stadium fieldhouse, Sunken Diamond, Laird Q. Cagan Stadium expansion, Siebel Training Complex, Sand Volleyball Stadium and the Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center.

In 2014, Muir accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee after originally being named to the committee in 2012. The committee oversees all aspects of NCAA collegiate men’s basketball at the Division I level and serves as the selection committee for the NCAA Tournament.

Muir’s leadership has also been recognized on a higher level with a pair of recent achievements. This past spring, Muir was an Athletic Director of the Year finalist for the Sports Business Journal Awards. In 2015, Muir was a recipient of the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, which annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletics careers while taking into account professional achievements.

Muir brought nearly 25 years of athletic administrative experience to The Farm from stops at Delaware, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Butler, Auburn and the NCAA. Muir directed Delaware’s athletic program from 2009-12 and also served as director of athletics at Georgetown from 2005-09.

Before joining the athletics administration at Georgetown, Muir served as deputy director of athletics for administration and facilities at Notre Dame from 2004-05. He also served at Notre Dame as senior associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2003-04 and as associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2000-03.

Muir worked for the NCAA from 1998-2000 as director of operations for the Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship and from 1992-98 as assistant director of the Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

In 2007, Muir was named to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational and behavioral management from Brown in 1990 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio in 1992.

As an undergraduate at Brown, Muir was a four-year letterwinner in basketball.

Muir and his wife, Liz, have two daughters, Libby, a freshman on Stanford’s lacrosse team, and Millie.