Brandon Era Over, Hackett Interim A.D.

Michigan president Mark Schlissel announced the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon today. Jim Hackett to replace Brandon as interim athletic director. *** Watch Schlissel Opening statement and introduction of Hackett below ***

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The reign of Dave Brandon has officially come to an end.

Michigan's much maligned (now former) athletic director turned in his resignation to U-M president Mark Schlissel Wednesday. The news was announced to a packed media room at the university's administration building.

"Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and university to continue without daily distractions," Schlissel said.

"And I agree with this decision."

Brandon, who served as Michigan’s A.D. since 2010, will be replaced by Jim Hackett as the interim athletic director. Hackett is the former CEO of Grand Rapids (Mich.) based furniture company Steelcase Inc. He is currently on the board of directors for Ford Motor Co. and Fifth Third Bancorp, is a member of the board trustees for Northwestern Mutual Life, and is on the board of advisers for the U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Life Sciences Institute.

"Jim Hackett is a highly experienced and respected business leader, a man of integrity and a devoted member of our Michigan community," Schlissel said in making the announcement. "I am confident Jim will immediately begin the process of moving the department forward, including working closely with me to develop a plan to identify and recruit Michigan's next permanent athletic director."

Hackett’s appointment is pending, and will need to be approved by the universities board of regents, which are set to meet in November. Hackett also noted he is not a candidate for the job.

"I am humbled to help during this interim period to keep our momentum as a great institution," Hackett said.

Hackett is a ’77 graduate from U-M, and played center on the football team.

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