COLUMBUS, Ohio (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ohio State University senior associate athletic director for finance and operations Ben Jay has accepted an offer to become the University of Hawaii's next athletic director, the university announced Friday.
UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple met with Jay and Solomon "Solly" Fulp, the final two candidates, earlier this week.
Jay is the Chief Financial Officer for the Buckeyes in Columbus, overseeing a budget of more than $100 million per year. He helped rebuild several athletic sites and oversaw the construction on a new softball stadium, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"I am delighted that Ben is joining us as UH Athletics Director, and know that he will be a great addition to our Mānoa 'ohana with his vision and strong finance, accounting and compliance background," said Chancellor Apple. "His extensive experience with the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Conference, and Division I sports in general, will be invaluable in raising the University's athletics and academics profiles nationally."
Before his time at Ohio State, Jay served 13 years as Associate Commissioner for the Pac-10 Conference, and five years as Assistant Athletic Director for Business and Finance at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Jay earned a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration (major: Accounting/minor: Finance) and Master of Arts in Physical Education (major: Athletics Administration), both from Ohio State University. He is married and has three children.
Fulp is the Deputy Director of Athletics at Cal-Berkeley and is currently overseeing marketing and business development efforts at the school.
The new athletics director replaces Jim Donovan, who was reassigned to another post at the University back in July following the botched Stevie Wonder concert.
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