Jim O'Day was named athletic director by UM President George Dennison in June of 2005. Prior to being named athletic director, O'Day spent four years as the Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics at The University of Montana.
Before that, he served for almost three years as Assistant Director of the Grizzly Athletic Association. O'Day was responsible for major gift development as it pertains to athletics and serves as the liaison between UM Athletics and the University of Montana Foundation.
Prior to returning to his alma mater in 1998, O'Day was the owner and publisher of the family-owned Western Breeze newspaper in Cut Bank, Montana, for 10 years. During the period 1982-87, he was a reporter and editor of the twice-weekly publication. From 1980-82, he was the sports editor of the Daily Interlake newspaper in Kalispell, Montana.
O'Day was a charter member of the Cut Bank Education Foundation and Alumni Association. He was Cut Bank's Citizen of the Year in 1992. O'Day organized the Golden Triangle Chapter of the GAA in 1992 and served as president until his appointment at UM.
A 1980 Montana graduate, O'Day received a B.A. in journalism. He was the 1991 recipient of the University of Montana Service Award.
Jim and his wife Kathy have three sons: Chris, Kevin and Brian.
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