ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 11, 2005) -- Ohio University named James "Jim" Kahler as the executive director of the Center for Sports Administration on Aug. 11. He has more than 22 years in the sports business industry and has been the executive director of the MBA Sports Business Program at Arizona State University for the past three years. Here's what others had to say about him:
"This appointment, combined with the elevation of the overall sports administration program, insures that future graduates of Ohio University will continue to hold preeminent positions throughout the athletics world. Jim Kahler is the perfect person to lead this exciting venture. His experience is broad and deep, he integrates the private sector effectively into an academic environment, and his values are impeccable. Selfishly, as Commissioner of the MAC, I am excited that he is coming home."
Commissioner, Mid-American Conference
"When I was at the NBA, Jim was one of the people whose opinion always carried significant weight because it was based on experience and an extraordinary knowledge of the business of sports. I've watched, again, as he has built Arizona State's program into one of the most respected programs in the country in such a short period of time. I can't imagine a better selection to build on the great history of Ohio University's sports management program. Jim's reputation, experience and relationships in the industry will combine to pay great dividends to Ohio University and most importantly, to his students."
President & COO, Phoenix Suns, former NBA EVP, CMO/President of NBA Properties
"As a graduate and career sports executive I have seen Ohio University's Sports Administration Program preeminence in educating the leaders in the business of sports. The hiring of Jim Kahler sends a powerful message that Ohio University is so committed to the vision of its founders, administrators, teachers, alumni and prospective students, that it will continue to set new standards as the finest program of its kind. Jim possesses the ultimate combination of skills that will move the program to the next level with style, creativity, industry knowledge and consummate professionalism."
President of Business Operations, Memphis Grizzlies
Ohio University SAFM Class of '70
"Jim Kahler is a great hire for Ohio University. He is highly respected in the NBA having done an excellent job while heading sales and marketing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a leader amongst his peers and I am sure he will bring the same leadership qualities and enthusiasm to his new position."
Senior Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships, Dallas Mavericks
"I consider Jim to be one of the great marketers associated with the sports industry. His holistic knowledge of sports business combined with his extensive pro team contacts makes him a true asset to the Ohio University program. Jim remains an excellent colleague to collaborate on issues related to our industry."
Sr. VP Business Operations, Baltimore Ravens
"Jim Kahler is a distinguished leader in Sports Administration and an extremely talented educator. His experience and accomplishments at Arizona State University and in the NBA will further enhance Ohio University's position as the leader in higher education and sports administration. This is a great hire for Ohio University! I look forward to working with Jim."
Director of Athletics, Ohio University
"I could not be more pleased than I am with the selection of Jim Kahler as the next leader of the Ohio University Sports Administration and Facility Management Program. Jim brings to the program the practical experience, know-how and professional contacts to successfully establish and maintain the new center and continue the Ohio tradition. In Jim Kahler we not only have an alumnus with a personal connection to SAFM history coming home to lead the program but we also have a professional who can reach out to any sports-related entity and form meaningful bonds. I know Jim will excel in the position and gain the full support of the university, the faculty and the alumni. This is great news for our program."
VP, Administration & COO Minor League Baseball
Ohio University SAFM Class of '81
"Jim Kahler's decision to return to Ohio University, the birth place of graduate education in sports, will provide the impetus to create a great center for sports management and provide our industry with a very valuable resource. With his tremendous leadership ability I am confident that he can work closely with Ohio's strong alumni base, faculty, staff and students and build a Center that will be recognized on a global basis. I have no doubt that under his leadership Ohio University will also continue to provide the National Basketball Association with some outstanding graduates for years to come."
Commissioner of the NBA
"This is an impressive hire for Ohio University! Jim Kahler's credentials and personal background make him ideally suited for this position. His breadth of contacts covers all the major sports leagues as well as the collegiate ranks. He is a classy executive who does everything in a professional manner and will experience great success at Ohio University. I believe Jim will take the program to a new level of success that the university, community, alumni and students will be excited and proud to support."
President & CEO, Eastman & Beaudine
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