Barta became Director of Athletics on August 1, 2006. Since his arrival at Iowa, Barta has spearheaded numerous upgrades to current athletic facilities and the construction of many new facilities. Including the expansion of the administrative office complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The expansion of the wrestling training facility and building of new practice gyms and weight training facilities also at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The upgrade of the sound system, scoreboard and video boards at Kinnick Stadium. The Construction of the Hoak Family Golf Complex. The building of both the P. Sue Beckwith Boat House and the Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center in partnership with the University’s Department of Recreational Services. In the fall of 2014 the new Stew & LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center was completed which includes the new Richard O. Jacobson Football Operations Center and a new 120 yard indoor practice field. Also in late 2014, a new artificial baseball playing surface was installed at Duane Banks Field. In 2016 new video scoreboards were installed at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Barta has hired numerous new head coaches during his tenure as Athletic Director. Including Mark Hankins and Tyler Stith, Men’s Golf. Todd Lickliter and Fran McCaffery, Men’s Basketball. Rick Heller, Baseball. Joey Woody, Track & Field. Sharon Dingman and Bond Shymansky, Women’s Volleyball. Steve Pitzker and Andrew Carter, Women’s Crew. Dave DiIanni, Women’s Soccer. Katie Dougherty and Sasha Schmid, Women’s Tennis. Megan Menzel, Women’s Golf. Lisa Cellucci, Field Hockey. Marla Looper, Softball.
On March 2, 2016, The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced that Barta was one of four athletic directors from the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA to receive the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award.