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UH announces Ohio State's Jay as new athletic director

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 01:50 a.m. HST, Dec 08, 2012

Ben Jay, Ohio State's executive associate athletic director for finance and operations, has been named the University of Hawaii's athletic director, school officials announced Friday.

"I am delighted that Ben is joining us as UH athletics director, and know that he will be a great addition to our Manoa 'ohana with his vision and strong finance, accounting and compliance background," Manoa chancellor Tom Apple said n a news release. Apple chose Jay over University of California at Berkeley official Solomon "Solly" Fulp.

An 11-member search committee recommended Jay and Fulp as finalists to Apple. UH president M.R.C. Greenwood still needs to sign off on the choice. After that, UH will announce Jay's official start date, length of contract and salary, the release said.

Jay and Fulp were in town this week for face-to-face meetings with UH officials and coaches.

Jim Donovan was athletic director for more than four years when he was removed from the position in July. UH vice president Rockne Freitas has been serving as acting athletic director. Freitas, who returned today from a speaking engagement in New Zealand, did not apply for the job.

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allie wrote:
let us hope for better schedules, more intelligence, and more trust
on December 7,2012 | 12:35PM
waverider808 wrote:
why don't you go crawl under the rock where you came from TROLL
on December 7,2012 | 01:21PM
Nevadan wrote:
Obnoxious behavior has no place in a civilized society.
on December 7,2012 | 01:29PM
OldDiver wrote:
I hope Ben Jay isn't under the impression he will be running the show.
on December 7,2012 | 02:02PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Nevada is not civilized society so why fret?
on December 7,2012 | 06:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
on December 7,2012 | 01:36PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Nah, I was just being an Allie :)
on December 7,2012 | 10:40PM
64hoo wrote:
she can't crawl under a rock all her professers that teach her are socialist marxest leftist professers. lucky we got the guy from ohio state and not cal berkley where they teach you to p---s on the us.
on December 7,2012 | 05:56PM
Venus1 wrote:
on December 7,2012 | 06:17PM
sailfish1 wrote:
You wish you had the smarts to get into Cal Berkeley. You can't even spell Brekeley correctly.
on December 7,2012 | 07:33PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
HE is not a UH student let alone a high school graduate.
on December 7,2012 | 10:12PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
I speak of Alfred/Albert/Allie
on December 7,2012 | 10:13PM
WF808 wrote:
Apple really needs to work on his PR skills -- at his own expense.
on December 7,2012 | 12:42PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Maybe he should begin taking classes on that discipline at UH?
on December 7,2012 | 10:43PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Maybe he doesn't now about Greenwood, Apple, and our errant Board of Regents. Maybe he only knows how Donovan escaped after his department cost the UH-M more than a million over the theft of $200,000.....
on December 7,2012 | 12:50PM
fairgame947 wrote:
I'm sure he did his due dilligence and has read all about Hawaii, UH and what in the world that goes on here. If not, we're in trouble.
on December 7,2012 | 01:49PM
Hodad wrote:
good choice. Managed the second largest athletic budget in the country. Neither Jay nor any of his compliance people had anything to do with TOSU getting sanctions. That was all on the players and Tressel.
on December 7,2012 | 12:50PM
false wrote:
Oh great he is a good spender. Watch out as taxes rise and rise.
on December 7,2012 | 02:04PM
Hodad wrote:
what do taxes have to do with it? At big time universities, there is no public money involved.
on December 7,2012 | 03:10PM
maunawili1 wrote:
Geez, I hope he doesn't like Stevie Wonder music!!
on December 7,2012 | 12:59PM
pouncer wrote:
Isn't Ohio State always under sanctions? Do we really want a guy from that university?
on December 7,2012 | 01:22PM
Hodad wrote:
Sanctions were caused by players and their head coach. Athletic administrators had nothing to do with it. Don't you know anything about tatoogate?
on December 7,2012 | 03:11PM
kainalu wrote:
Here's your AD budget, Ben Jay. A nickle. Now squeeze some blood out of it. Oh, by the way. It's Sugar Bowl, or you're a bust. :)
on December 7,2012 | 01:26PM
islandsun wrote:
Lets see what this guy can do.....
on December 7,2012 | 01:29PM
detroit wrote:
good choice. i hope for the best. this is our state school and we need to show some pride. most of the college graduates in our state are from uh. let's be positive about our future.
on December 7,2012 | 01:33PM
Sunny wrote:
What is his contact terms and salary?
on December 7,2012 | 01:36PM
false wrote:
Wait a minute. We're the last to know? Why is this story breaking in Ohio and there's not a peep out of UH? Isn't this, like, something of interest to the community? There should have been a joint announcement. "Diane Chang, spokeswoman for the chancellor's office, said in an e-mail that UH would issue a 'media advisory' on the situation today." It's a "situation?" Already? He hasn't even started yet.
on December 7,2012 | 01:49PM
bluemountain wrote:
Transparency? I guess Donna Kim's words had no clout. UH is the place where I want to work! They have their own culture, organization, and answer to no one.
on December 7,2012 | 02:17PM
false wrote:
The hardest part of his job will be to look the other way when all his colleagues and superiors are lying, stealing, and looting.
on December 7,2012 | 02:03PM
Mythman wrote:
And tell me again that there is not a pervasive undercurrent of racial bias in Hawaii.
on December 7,2012 | 02:13PM
bleedgreen wrote:
How does someone coming from a prestigioius conference such as the Big 10 and from Ohio St. University readjust successfully to a school from the Mountain West? The operating budgets are worlds apart; alumni support worlds apart; facilities worlds apart. I would be surprised if Mr. Jay makes a successful adjustment. This is not to say he is not qualified. I am sure his qualifications are above and beyond the criteria, and that he scored the highest in all measured categories for selection. But moving from a palace of the "Royal Family" to a humble abode takes someone special. Is he that man?
on December 7,2012 | 03:29PM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
Ben, thank you for being willing to bring your skills and experience to UH, and to commit yourself to making a historically good Hawaii athletics program a much better one. As you can tell, there are a lot of folks here who care enough about the program to have strong opinions about it, which will sometimes present challenges for you, but is ultimately a good thing. Aloha and welcome!
on December 7,2012 | 05:05PM
hvagd1 wrote:
Director of Finance and Operations. On paper, a good start with that base of knowledge that appears applicable to the position. It's a wait and see I suppose. I'm sure he's a man who looks before he leaps to decisions. Good luck.
on December 7,2012 | 05:33PM
Venus1 wrote:
Take a look at his background!!! Very impressive !'
on December 7,2012 | 06:16PM
64hoo wrote:
looks like UH WARRIORS will be playing OHIO STATE in football for a home and home series like we have with USC.
on December 7,2012 | 06:39PM
kailua000 wrote:
check it out, an Asian AD!
on December 7,2012 | 07:13PM
UHFAN1984 wrote:
Good Luck
on December 7,2012 | 07:25PM
sailfish1 wrote:
My guess is that this guy is getting ready for retirement in Hawaii. Why else would anybody want to move from Ohio State to UH?
on December 7,2012 | 07:38PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
So let's see..he is coming from a school that went undefeated this year yet is ineligible because of why? Major NCAA violations? Seems to fit UH's past history of screw ups. Unbelievable but then again..............not!!!!!
on December 7,2012 | 07:43PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Mr Jay has not even started geez you people get a life. Welcome Mr. Jay and may your stay here in Hawaii be fruitful for our athletic programs and you stand firm with your convictions and ideas and not allow outside interference disrupt your decision making.
on December 7,2012 | 08:41PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Normally the input on subject matter is very enlightening and constructive on the comments page. I politely ask/beg everyone to stop the Hate, Personal attacks, and Vicious verbal assaults on each other. Great minds and curious thinkers breed like minded. The attacks on "allie" make this forum into a bloodbath. If anyone of you that this statement applies to, then kindly remember that the New Year is approaching. Try to weed out all the Negative within yourself and Morph into a better Human Being for 2013. Please, for your own Self Respect and Dignity. Mahalo.
on December 7,2012 | 08:50PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ejkorvette - allie is experiencing the backlash of several years of cultural insensitivity, hatred of asians and hawaiians, ignorance and outright lies. Regarding self respect, I expect that the well warranted backlash will cool once allie learns to stop his lying and endless BS once everyone is allowed to vent on the deserving target and peace will be restored.
on December 7,2012 | 10:09PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Hopefully Jay knows how to fund raise--and I ain't talking about moonlighting as a music concert promoter LOL.
on December 7,2012 | 11:21PM
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