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Former UH athletics director Jim Donovan accepts CSU-Fullerton job

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Former University of Hawaii athletics director, Jim Donovan, was named the new Athletics Director at California State University Fullerton, Hawaii News Now confirmed Thursday.

Following the announcement, Donovan issued this statement:

"I am very honored to have been offered the position of Athletic Director of California State University Fullerton.  As I begin a new chapter in my life, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunities provided to me by the University of Hawai‘i – as a student athlete, a graduate and, most recently, as athletic director.

UH is a great institution with an athletic department that means so much to our state and I want to thank the people of Hawai‘i for their support and encouragement over the years.

I would also like to thank the Governor, legislators, donors, season ticket holders, staff and coaches for their commitment to UH Athletics. And I sincerely hope that everyone will continue to support the efforts of UH's new athletic director, Ben Jay, because UH athletics and its student athletes deserve the unwavering support of the Hawai‘i community.

Mahalo and all my best wishes to UH, UH Athletics and the State of Hawai‘i. A hui hou."

Donovan was reassigned to another post at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in July following a botched Stevie Wonder concert.

His replacement at UH, the Ohio State University senior associate athletic director for finance and operations Ben Jay, was announced Dec. 7.

Related story: Ohio State's Ben Jay accepts UH athletics director job

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