Jim Donovan Appointed Director of Athletics

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FULLERTON, Calif. – Jim Donovan, former director of athletics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, today was appointed director of athletics at Cal State Fullerton.

University President Dr. Mildred García made the appointment following a nationwide search conducted by a nine-member search committee chaired by Amir Dabirian, Vice President for Information Technology. Donovan steps in for Dr. Steve Walk, who has served as interim director since July.

“I am thrilled to now be able to call Jim Donovan a Titan,” said President Mildred García. “I’m confident in his ability to lead our intercollegiate athletics program with continued success, and ensure an enriching experience for our student-athletes.”

A 21-year veteran of athletics administration, Donovan, 53, becomes the 11th director of athletics in the history of Cal State Fullerton after overseeing Hawaii’s 21-sport operation with a budget of more than $30 million from 2008-12. During his tenure, the athletic programs saw a collective improvement in both Academic Progress Rate (APR) and overall grade point average (GPA) while managing a department that included more than 120 full-time staff, 200-plus part-time staff, and 450-plus student-athletes.

Donovan spearheaded a fund-raising effort that secured more than $40 million in public and private capital improvement projects and increased planned giving and major gifts from $5 million to an estimated $14 million. He also secured a partnership with ESPN Regional Television for the creation of the Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament and negotiated a contract with Oceanic Time Warner Cable and KFVE-TV on another television partnership that will bring in more than $14 million to the athletics department over a six-year period.

On the field, the Rainbow Warriors competed at a high level, making 20 postseason appearances, including two football bowl appearances, an NCAA semifinal appearance for women’s volleyball, softball’s inaugural appearance in the Women’s College World Series, and postseason tournament appearances for men’s basketball, sand volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis.

Donovan spent 17 years in athletics at Hawaii prior to a six-year hiatus as the Executive Director of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl from 2002-08, beginning as a two-year offensive lineman for the Rainbow Warriors in 1981-82, earning honorable mention All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior. From there, he spent two years as a graduate assistant football coach and followed that with a three-year stint as manager of baseball’s Les Murakami Stadium.

In 1988, Donovan was promoted to sports marketing director, spending six years heading up the promotion and corporate sponsorship aspects of the department. In 1994, he was named the assistant athletics director for administrative services and, two years later, became the department’s associate athletics director for nine years, serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

He served on the Gender Equity Subcommittee and was the department’s spokesperson for matters involving the Hawaii state legislature, UH Board of Regents, Athletic Advisory Board, Aloha Stadium Authority, NCAA Certification Committee, and various other community organizations.

Donovan also served as president and CEO of m2c, Inc., a business consulting company that provides leadership and strategic direction in event management. Some of his clients included ESPN Regional Television, Panda Travel, and Sodexo Food Services.

A 1983 graduate of Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in geography, he earned an executive master’s degree in business administration in 1996. An Anaheim, Calif., native who attended both Servite High School and Santa Ana College, Donovan is married to the former Tracy Orillo and they have two children, Jacqueline and Joshua.

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Wed Feb 22
Final
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Cal State Fullerton
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at CSU Bakersfield
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Wed Feb 22
Final
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Loyola Marymount
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at Cal State Fullerton
Rescheduled from Feb. 19
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Wed Feb 22
Final
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Cal State Fullerton
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at CSU Bakersfield
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Wed Feb 22
Final
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San Diego State
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at Cal State Fullerton
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Wed Feb 22
Final
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UC Irvine
56
at Cal State Fullerton
TV: ESPN3
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Thu Feb 23
6:00 PM
Houston
at Cal State Fullerton
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Thu Feb 23
7:00 PM
CSUN
at Cal State Fullerton
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Fri Feb 24
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
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Fri Feb 24
1:30 PM
Eastern Michigan
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Fri Feb 24
6:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
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Sat Feb 25
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
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Sat Feb 25
2:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
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Sat Feb 25
5:00 PM
Georgia
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Sat Feb 25
6:00 PM
Hawai'i
at Cal State Fullerton
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Sat Feb 25
7:30 PM
Louisville
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
-2
Sat Feb 25
9:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Hawai'i
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Sun Feb 26
1:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
-2
Sun Feb 26
2:00 PM
Utah
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Sun Feb 26
4:30 PM
St. John's (N.Y.)
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Mon Feb 27
All Day
vs. 21st Del Walker Intercollegiate
@ Long Beach, Calif.
Virginia Country Club
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Mon Feb 27
All Day
vs. Bruin Wave Invitational
@ San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo Country Club
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Tue Feb 28
All Day
vs. 21st Del Walker Intercollegiate
@ Long Beach, Calif.
Virginia Country Club
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Tue Feb 28
All Day
vs. Bruin Wave Invitational
@ San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo Country Club
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Wed Mar 01
5:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Cal Poly
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