University of Hawaii Athletics Director Nominee Chosen

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The man chosen to lead the University of Hawaii's athletics program into the future, is someone from its past.

The university's chancellor's office recommends that Jim Donovan fill the school's vacant Athletics Director job.

Donovan is currently executive director of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and K5 color analyst for Warrior football games.

He served as Hawaii's Associate Athletics Director under Hugh Yoshida and played offensive line at Hawaii from 1981 to 1982.

His recommendation comes from Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.

"I think it's a good idea. He has a lot of connections in Hawaii and he has experience running a big program," said fan Keoki Fujinaka.

"It's a big task. That's for sure. I think helping everybody, the coaches and everything, making sure everybody's got their schedules and doing their job," said Maurice Torigoe, another Hawaii fan.

Former athletics director Herman Frazier was released from his contract January 8th.

That was a day after June Jones announced he was leaving as warriors head coach to coach at Southern Methodist University.