Stanford University

Bernard Muir
Director of Athletics

Bernard Muir

Named Stanford’s Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics on July 27, 2012, Bernard Muir enters his ninth season on The Farm in 2020-21.

Through eight years under Muir’s leadership, Stanford has extended two of the most recognizable streaks in college athletics. In 2018-19, the Cardinal claimed its 25th straight Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup, presented to the most successful intercollegiate athletic department in the nation. Stanford has also won at least one NCAA team championship in each of the last 44 academic seasons, the longest such streak in the country. Muir has presided over one of the most successful stretches in school history, with the Cardinal having won 23 NCAA championships and 31 national titles overall during his tenure.

In 2018-19, Muir unveiled a comprehensive Strategic Plan for DAPER (Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation), developing a multi-faceted roadmap designed to accomplish the department’s mission of Inspiring Champions in Life.

In July 2020, Muir was appointed to the executive committee of the newly formed Black AD Alliance, whose mission is to grow, develop and elevate Black athletics administrators at the Division I level while partnering with NCAA senior leadership and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

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 athletics program from 2009-12 and was 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.

Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown in 1990 and a master’s 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 recent Stanford graduate and member of the lacrosse team, and Millie, who is a high school junior.