New Athletic Director for the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University has some great new news and it’s come in the form of an athletic director from Hawaii. Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay is going to be the new AD at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Mr. Jay was first hired at UH-Manoa in December of 2012 and then announced his resignation two years later due to personal circumstances. Now, he will be joining the Academy of Art University.

During his tenure with the University of Hawaii, Ben Jay had a record that student-athletes held a GPA better than 3.0 for two consecutive years. There was an increase in the Academic Progress Rate for all sports teams as well.

As Mr. Jay said,

“I am very excited to join the Academy of Art University team as the new Director of Athletics. I want to thank President Elisa Stephens for entrusting me to lead this unique athletic department of 16 Division II sports and the only art institution in the NCAA. We will focus on five areas in the athletic program: the artist-athlete experience, personnel, facilities, resource acquisition, and communication.”

Mr. Jay continued, explaining his plans for the Academy of Art University. As he said, “We want to compete for championships in the PacWest Conference and we will hold ourselves to those standards. I look forward to helping our coaches with what they need to compete for championships.”

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