Bexley is proud to honor Jay Schottenstein as a Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient. Jay is the Chairman and CEO of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., which includes Aerie. Mr. Schottenstein has been a respected leader in the retail industry with over four decades of experience from overseeing businesses in the Schottenstein family of companies. This includes Schottenstein Stores Corporation and Schottenstein Property Group. Beyond his role at American Eagle Outfitters, Jay also holds several other leadership roles at other companies including Executive Chairman of Designer Brands Inc., Chairman of SB360 Capital Partners, American Signature Inc./Value City Furniture, and Mayacamas Vineyards among others. Jay graduated from Indiana University Bloomington Kelley School of Business with a BS in Business Administration.
He is an active member of organizations within the community, including the Columbus Jewish Foundation. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Foundation, and the Columbus Partnership.
Jay and his wife Jeanie are major benefactors to a number of local, national and international special projects. They include: the Schottenstein Theatre at Bexley High School, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation with the endowment of the Jerome and Saul Schottenstein Hasmonean Water Tunnels in Jerusalem; the Jerome Schottenstein Cellscan Center for the Early Detection of Cancer located in Bar Ilan University in Jerusalem; The Jerome Schottenstein Flights to Health and Freedom offered by Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl; the Jerome and Saul Schottenstein Family endowment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.; the Aish Hatorah World Centre in Jerusalem; the Jerome Schottenstein Center/Value City Arena at The Ohio State University; The Schottenstein Family Cancer Research Laboratories, which are part of the prestigious Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute on the campus of The Ohio State University; the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva University; the Schottenstein/Jesselson Curatorship and Schottenstein/Jesselson Library at the Center of Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Prize in Cardiovascular Sciences at The Ohio State University; the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for Archaeology of Israel in Jerusalem;The Jeffrey Schottenstein Program for Resilience at The Ohio State University, and the Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women in Jerusalem and the new Schottenstein Institute for Behavioral Health at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.