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.
“Bernard Muir has a national reputation as a superb athletic administrator,” said Etchemendy. “He also has a deep personal understanding of what it means to be a scholar-athlete, performing at the very highest levels both academically and athletically. In Bernard Muir, we are confident we have a leader with the integrity, experience and commitment to ensure that Stanford’s athletic legacy continues.”
Under Muir’s guidance in 2013-14, Stanford kept alive two of the most unfathomable streaks in college athletics. Stanford won its 20th consecutive Directors’ Cup trophy as the top overall athletic program in the country and extended its streak of having won at least one NCAA team championship annually for the past 38 years, the longest such streak in the nation.
Stanford teams have won 105 NCAA Championships, with 124 total team championships, the most of any school. With 10 individual national championships in 2013-14, Stanford extended another lofty number; no other school has won more than the Cardinal’s 440 individual national titles.
The school sponsors 36 varsity programs, all of which exceed the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.
In addition to its 36 varsity sports, the Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation supports campus-wide recreation, fitness and wellness programs. The university employs over 100 coaches and assistants. Eleven current coaches have led their teams to one or more NCAA titles.
In February 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. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of USA Basketball.
Muir has earned the respect of collegiate athletic administrators nationwide, including Kevin White, director of athletics at Duke University, who is widely regarded as the dean of athletic directors.
“Simply put, Stanford University made a brilliant hire,” White said after the hire. “Bernard Muir has already distinguished himself as a truly great leader. Bernard is terribly humble, incomparably intelligent and just drips with integrity. Moreover, Bernard is empathetic to a fault, inordinately task oriented, both clearly adaptable and situational, and ridiculously passionate about the plight of the student-athlete.”
Muir was selected after a nationwide search headed by Robert Simoni, the Donald Kennedy Chair in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences and professor of biology, and Jeff Wachtel, senior assistant to the president.
“I could not be more delighted that Bernard will join the Stanford family,” said Simoni at the time. “He shares every value we have as an institution and that we expect for our athletic program. He also shares our absolute commitment to integrity and a passion to provide our remarkable students with every opportunity for academic and athletic success. It’s a great day for the future of Stanford athletics.”
Muir brought nearly 25 years of athletic administrative experience to The Farm from stops at Delaware, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Butler, Auburn and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). He directed Delaware’s athletic program from 2009 to 2012 and, before that, was director of athletics at Georgetown from 2005 to 2009. As an undergraduate at Brown University, Muir was a four-year letter winner in basketball.
At Delaware, Muir is credited with increasing the competitiveness of Blue Hen varsity sports, helping secure NCAA Division I tournament games on campus and enhancing athletic facilities.
Before joining the athletics administration at Georgetown, Muir served as deputy director of athletics/administration and facilities at the University of Notre Dame from 2004 to 2005. He also served at Notre Dame as senior associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2003 to 2004 and as associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2000 to 2003.
Muir worked for the NCAA from 1998 to 2000 as director of operations for the Division I men’s national basketball championship and from 1992 to 1998 as assistant director of the Division I men’s national basketball championship. He began his career in athletics administration as an athletic administrative assistant at Butler University in 1990, and subsequently held positions with Auburn University and Streetball Partners International of Dallas.
In 2007, Muir was named to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.”
Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and management from Brown University in 1990 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1992.
Muir and his wife, Liz, have two daughters, Libby and Millie.