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Aug. 23, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ben Jay has been hired as the senior associate athletics director for finance and operations at Ohio State, effective Oct. 16, Gene Smith, OSU director of athletics, announced Wednesday. Jay has served as the associate commissioner for business and finance at the Pacific-10 Conference since March 1994. At the Pac-10, Jay was the chief financial officer responsible for the conference’s financial administration and office operations.

“I am thrilled to return to Ohio State, my alma mater,” Jay said. “The chance to be able to work with Gene Smith again, who I worked with when he was the director of athletics at Arizona State, is an exciting one. Gene and I know each other very well and the end bonus of coming home to the Buckeyes is exciting for both my family and me.”

Jay earned both bachelor’s (accounting) and master’s (athletics administration) degrees from Ohio State. He worked as a marketing and facility operations assistant at Ohio State from September 1987-June 1989 while working toward his graduate degree.

“I am excited to have Ben Jay join our staff,” Smith said. “His experience at the conference level and his familiarity with The Ohio State University is a tremendous asset to the team. It is also special to have a Buckeye graduate come home.”

Following his graduation from OSU, Jay was hired as an assistant athletics director for financial affairs at Fairfield University, where he worked until moving to the Pac-10.

Jay has served on a number of committees, including the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the NCAA Business and Finance Cabinet and the NCAA Finance Subcommittee to Review NCAA Student-Athlete Catastrophic Insurance Program. He also served on Collegiate Commissioners Association and Bowl Championship Series committees and is a national policy advisory board member for the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sports Business Management Program.

Jay and his wife, Ling, also an Ohio State graduate, both are Columbus, Ohio, natives. The couple has three children, Taylor, Olivia and Bryan.

Jay will replace Susan Henderson, who will retire in January.