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Former Fresno State athletic director dies at 54

Jim Bartko, former Fresno State athletics director, died Monday in Eugene, Oregon, during surgery at a hospital, according to The Oregonian.

Bartko was 54.

He collapsed during a workout in Eugene, according to reports. Bartko served as the Fresno State athletics director from 2015 to 2017.

Bartko resigned in 2017 and then filed a wrongful termination suit in June 2018. He sought $3 million in damages on the basis of defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

The university issued a statement that read, “The university has reached a mutual settlement with Mr.