The head of the University of Iowa's athletic department will be taking what's being termed an "extended medical leave," after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The University of Iowa has confirmed Gary Barta will have surgery and additional treatment and will return to his job when his health allows. Iowa's Deputy Director of Athletics, Barbara Burke, will take over in Barta's absence, according to the Des Moines Register.

Barta, 54, has been the Athletic Director at Iowa since taking over for Bob Bowlsby in August of 2006. His current contract runs through 2021.

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