Columbus native Ben Jay has been the senior associate athletics director for finance and operations at Ohio State since 2006. He served as associate commissioner for business and finance at the Pacific-10 Conference for 12 and a half years before returning to Columbus to join the Ohio State staff.
As the department of athletics' chief financial officer, Jay's duties include the planning and implementation of all aspects of its $109 million operating budget. He also oversees the athletics business office, facility operations, event management, human resources, information technology and the OSU golf course and OSU Ice Rink. Additionally, Jay oversees facilities construction projects for the athletics department and monitors other special projects such as the Equity and Athletics Disclosure Act.
Jay earned two degrees from Ohio State, including a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1981 and a master's degree in athletics administration in 1989. Between degrees, he served as general manager for the Redwood Pioneers, a minor league baseball team affiliated with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and then was director of operations for the Cleveland Indians. After receiving his master's degree, Jay served as an assistant athletics director at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., before moving on 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. Jay also served on the 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 a Columbus native and an Ohio State graduate, have three children, Taylor, Olivia and Bryan.