Scripps to induct Jim Gay, BS ’73, into Ohio Communication Hall of Fame Jan. 28
Computer science alumnus longtime supporter of McClure School
ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 9, 2020) — Jim Gay, BS ’73, a longtime advisory board member and supporter of the J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies, has been chosen by the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication as the next member of the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame. He will be inducted at a Jan. 28 event at the Dublin Integrated Education Center in Dublin.
“Jim has been a huge supporter of the McClure School for more than a decade, and has also been a friend to the college,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “His success in the IT industry benefits our students through his advice to faculty and his continuing mentoring of our students and young graduates. I’m happy to recognize Jim for both his achievement and his support of our students and programs.”
Gay, who retired from Nationwide in December 2018 as the vice president of infrastructure delivery, now owns an information technology consulting firm called JG Consulting. Gay held various executive leadership positions at Nationwide in the Application Development and Technology Infrastructure areas and has 45 years of experience in the IT industry.
Gay joined the McClure Emerging Communication Technologies Advisory Board in 2008 and now serves as vice chair. In 2015, Gay developed a Student Mentorship program that pairs McClure School alumni as mentors for current students. As part of the board, Gay has also been an avid supporter of the Lonsbury Memorial Scholarship fund, which has awarded more than $40,000 to ECT students over the past 18 years.
“It is hard to list all the ways in Jim has impacted the school; there are so many,” said McClure School director Hans Kruse. “However, the Mentorship Program stands out in its direct impact on the students in the McClure School. Jim came up with the idea of creating the program, recruits the mentors and handles the assignment of students to mentors. This is a truly unique opportunity for our students!”
In addition, Gay has been active in the Nationwide Children’s Championship Golf Tournament, which has raised more than $4 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Gay has also served as vice chair of the board of directors for the Nationwide Federal Credit Union, and he has served on many industry advisory boards including Novell Executive Customer Council, AT&T Emerging Technologies Council, Sprint Customer Experience Council and the RSA Security Advisory Board.
Gay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Ohio University in 1973. He lives in New Albany, Ohio, with his wife, Chris. The couple have two children and 6 grandchildren.
The Jan. 28 event, sponsored by Nationwide, will be conducted at Dublin Integrated Education Center at 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43061. Guests may learn more and RSVP to the event on the Ohio University event site.