Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jim Donovan named AD at Cal State Fullerton

[12/13/12] Jim Donovan has been named as the new California State University Fullerton athletic director, the school announced on its website this morning.

Donovan attended a press conference in Fullerton, Calif. with CSUF president Mildred Garcia.
Donovan served as the University of Hawaii's athletic director for 4 1/2 years until being relieved in the wake of the Steve Wonder concert fiasco in July.

He was assigned to a marketing position in the Manoa chancellor's office in August.

“I am very honored to have been offered the position of athletic director of California State University Fullerton," Donovan said in a written statement. "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 Hawaii – 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii community."

*** [9/12/14]

Jim Donovan — the Cal-State Fullerton athletic director — was justifiably overjoyed, like any father would be.

His pride is for his entire family. Like Josh, his daughter, Jackie, stuck things out as a UH student-athlete despite Donovan being ousted as athletic director two years ago. Also, their mother and his wife, Tracy Orillo-Donovan, made the best of a work situation that can best be described as extremely awkward.

The family is together physically only a few days a year, but remains close in other ways.

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