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Hawaii to pay athletic director $293K per year

By Becky Bohrer

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:08 p.m. HST, Dec 14, 2012

The University of Hawaii has offered to pay its new athletic director $293,000 a year, with the potential for thousands of extra dollars in bonuses.

Ben Jay, who has served as senior associate athletics director for finance and operations at Ohio State since 2006, accepted the offer last week. The conditional offer released by the university system Friday shows Jay signed it Dec. 3, four days before Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple announced Jay’s appointment.

The offer calls for an initial three-year appointment, with an option for a two-year extension subject to satisfactory performance evaluations.

The appointment is pending approval of university system President M.R.C. Greenwood, who is expected to announce her decision after the next board of regents meeting, scheduled for Jan. 24. In a statement released Friday, the university system said Greenwood has met with Jay and is “very pleased” with his selection.

Jay would replace Jim Donovan, who was reassigned after a bungled Stevie Wonder concert and athletic department fundraiser earlier this year. Donovan recently agreed to be athletic director at Cal State Fullerton.

While athletic director at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Donovan agreed to an annual salary of $240,000. That was later dropped to $228,000 because of pay cuts, university system spokeswoman Jodi Leong said.

According to UH, the average athletic director salary in the Mountain West Conference is $264,000, while in the Big Ten, Jay’s current conference, it is $521,000.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the only Division I program in the state. It is a member of the Mountain West Conference for football and Big West Conference for most other sports.

Jay also could earn a range of bonuses, including a bonus of one month’s salary if the football team wins its conference, $12,500 if the men’s basketball team appears in the NCAA “Sweet Sixteen,” and $15,000 each year if the athletics program has a year-end balanced budget.

The university system said Jay has been invited to return to Hawaii next week to meet with athletics department staff and university leaders to discuss issues including a starting date. A news conference is also planned.

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CriticalReader wrote:
Mr. Jay formerly received about $175.000 at Ohio State (http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/datacenter/datacenter-osu-salaries-2012.html?appSession=255233166918237). Seems like UH overpaid. Again.
on December 14,2012 | 03:25PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Cost of living adjustment, maybe? :/ If that's true, than UH deserves everything it gets. Too bad for the students and the regular staff and faculty who bust their okoles despite poor judgment of administration leading to making their jobs even harder.
on December 14,2012 | 03:56PM
boshio wrote:
Incredible ....losers.....
on December 14,2012 | 05:17PM
Venus1 wrote:
Athletics used to be wholesome!!! Now they are sordid and trouble !!!!
on December 14,2012 | 09:14PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Now I know why he is coming to UH. A huge huge huge raise and the fact that he probably would never have gotten the AD job at Ohio State. UH continues to pay more and more for people and get less and less from them.
on December 14,2012 | 08:02PM
Venus1 wrote:
It snows in Ohio!!!! Lots!!!
on December 14,2012 | 09:10PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Probably because Jay was NOT the Athletic Director, he was an Associate AD. It may seem odd to you but more responsibility generally means more$$$$. If Mr Jay proves competent then the salary would be a deal. Look at what his boss made. Ohio State Athletic Director Salary
on December 14,2012 | 10:03PM
csdhawaii wrote:
That seems awfully disparate for a director and an immediate underling, doesn't it?
on December 14,2012 | 10:21PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
He's not an "immediate" report he was an "Associate" and he was responsible for only for finance
on December 14,2012 | 11:26PM
usahwn wrote:
Nice picture . That is what you look like when you laugh all the way to the bank .
on December 14,2012 | 03:45PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
So say $300k. Sweet. But exactly how much could those bonuses add up to? And why does a $300k salary have to be sweetened with bonuses?
on December 14,2012 | 04:17PM
islandsun wrote:
Maybe overpaid but lets wait and see if he is worth it. Thanks to Cal State, two thirds of it came from the JD gimmee job.
on December 14,2012 | 04:29PM
csdhawaii wrote:
No, it didn't. The funding for the salaries for UH's AD and the job Donovan is currently holding comes from different sources.
on December 14,2012 | 10:22PM
false wrote:
It's simple. The higher the salaries of those around you, the easier it is to justify a higher salary for yourself. A high tide raises all boats, so to speak. That's why UH leadership has no problem ramping up the salaries for members of the administration. They are all beneficiaries of a higher salary structure, or will be the next time salary negotiations come around.
on December 14,2012 | 04:34PM
rytsuru wrote:
Said it before and will say it again: UH Students bail while you can, swim if you must! You are going to an institution that holds no regard for your degree insofar as churning out graduates justifies the administrations six figure salaries, they will never hire you, or think about someone who went through the very system they direct. Now your tuition will be higher to pay off another mainlander at a higher rate than the last one who fumbled. Of course there is one great message every student can keep to heart as they sit under the hot sun during commencement tomorrow: MAKE SURE YOU PUT AWAY ENOUGH FOR A GOOD LAWYER OR GET ONE ON CONTINGENCY BECAUSE IT PAYS TO SUE OR AT LEAST THREATEN IT! There is still no one to blame for the initial fiasco that started this mess...
on December 14,2012 | 04:46PM
rich22 wrote:
This guy jay better be a miracle worker at $300k...until that happens I shall not donate $$$ or support to UH until I see concrete results. The decision makers may say 'so what?' Well, it's interesting how 1 1 = 2, 2 2 = 4...etc...soon no one cares or wants to support a system who fails to care about the students and tax payers.
on December 14,2012 | 05:01PM
Anonymous wrote:
I disagree.....you not contributing will hurt the student/athletes. I will continue to support our coaches and student/athletes ...BUT... will be very critical of the administration and how they run things. GO 'BOWS
on December 14,2012 | 07:45PM
rhs763 wrote:
What's wrong with paying the new AD same as the prior AD? Can always give raises for a good performance on the job. Sounds like whoever made the offer follows the line of 'having to pay competitive wages to get good (?) people - think Frazier, Von Appen, Donovan, etc. M/B some of those funds should come from Apple's salary.
on December 14,2012 | 05:45PM
HD36 wrote:
it's a great time to be a beaurocrat!
on December 14,2012 | 05:47PM
MariaBetty wrote:
The BOR sure follows the HART as UH overpayments, failed management and lack of accountability is systematic of its culture. Hiring law firms/pr consultants to provide legislative testimony and UH West Oahu are fine examples .
on December 14,2012 | 06:30PM
HD36 wrote:
Government employees get paid for unused sick leave and vacation. A California guy got a check for $600k in addition to his pension. The tipping point is coming soon.
on December 14,2012 | 10:14PM
turbolink wrote:
Given how publicized the UH mess was, as well as all the top leaders' salaries, that certainly raised expectations of any credible candidate, so we shouldn't be too shocked by this amount. Especially since Chancellor Apple pointed out that $200K is small change. All OPM, other people's money. Something I sincerely hope our legislature will take note of as they consider taxpayer contributions to the UH organization.
on December 14,2012 | 06:50PM
false wrote:
Can't we pay him $293,000.00 a month?
on December 14,2012 | 07:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Only if he threatens to sue us.
on December 14,2012 | 07:16PM
false wrote:
we'll be able to see what Mr. Jay is doing to earn his $300,000. Can someone tell me what Mr. Apple will be doing to earn his more than $400,000 salary?
on December 14,2012 | 07:53PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Next time you go and eat at a sushi bar, think about what you are paying for. You get what you pay for. This better be uni with quail egg.
on December 14,2012 | 08:15PM
Nalukai wrote:
Why do these hob-heads always get ridiculous bonuses for simply just doing the dang job ?? Take away the bonus perks and it seems that all these hobs is only expected to be mediocre except us guys in the trenches. Greed attracts greed. Jesush !
on December 14,2012 | 10:26PM
I cannot understand why these people are being paid so much. Do they do that much work? I don't think so. That's too much money for any job. Now you wonder why our economy are messed up.
on December 14,2012 | 10:26PM
BrianW wrote:
His first job as AD should be to help Dave Shoji get reasons why the NCAA screws our Wahine VB team every year....
on December 14,2012 | 10:43PM
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