JAY H. SHIDLER
, for whom the Shidler College of Business is named, was born in Pasadena, California.
The son of an army officer, he traveled widely with his family before moving to Hawaii in 1964. He graduated from the University's School of Business Administration in 1968. While still a senior in the business school, he was a member of a partnership that developed the 1111 Wilder Avenue condominium. He served as an officer in the U.S. Corps of Engineers from 1969-1971, leaving military service to form the Shidler Group based in Hawaii. Today the Shidler Group owns over 2,000 properties with significant holdings in Honolulu, New York, Southern California, and Arizona. In 2006 Shidler donated 25 million dollars to the University of Hawaii College of Business, the largest gift ever given to the University Foundation. The gift is intended to transform the school into the top rank of public business schools in the country.
* [Press release] Shidler College of Business, 2006.