In recognition of the largest single donation in the university's history, the school will be renamed the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the first time a college at UH has been named for a private donor. According to Shidler College dean Vance Roley, the lead gift in the university's centennial campaign will be used to provide scholarships and endow faculty positions, provide faculty with additional support, and add a daytime MBA program to complement the college's existing evening program.
The founder of a commercial real estate company in Honolulu with holdings nationwide, Shidler is a 1968 graduate of the university and a former UH Foundation board member. "Jay embodies the values we strive to instill in our outstanding new business people," said Roley. "Entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, discerning business judgment, integrity, and a sense of community."