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Ann Arbor, Michigan Monday, November 3, 2014 michigandailycom
Former Steelecase CEO Jim Hackett to serve as interim AD, Schlissel announces

After resignation,
9 contract settlement
topayformerAD $3M
ManagingNews Editor
Though Dave Brandon will
no longer serve as the Univer-
sity's Athletic Director starting
Nov. 1, the money will keep roll-
ing in.
Brandon's settlement agree-
ment, signed by him and Uni-
versity President Mark Schlissel
on Oct. 30, includes a $3 mil-
lion total compensation from
the University through June 30,
2018, which will be granted to
him in monthly installments.
If Brandon is hired by another
employer, the University has the
power to reduce the remaining
amount of compensation.
The Athletic Department cur-
rently funds Brandon's base sal-
ary and will continue to pay for
his future compensation.
Brandon will be paid
$700,000 from Nov. 1, 2014
through June 30, 2015; $950,000
from July 1, 2015 through June
30, 2016; $750,000 from July
1, 2016 through June 30, 2017;
and $600,000 from July 1, 2017
through June 30, 2018.
Before resigning, Brandon's
base salary was $900,000.
According to his contract exten-
sion, that amount was scheduled
to increase to $1.05 million in
2018, the final year of his con-
Brandon's contract stipulates
that if the University terminates

Hackett will assist
Schlissel with search
for new permanent
Following Dave Brandon's
resignation on Friday as Ath-
letic Director, the University has
named former Steelcase CEO
James Hackett Interim Athletic
Hackett is the current vice
chair and director of Steelcase,
an office furniture manufactur-
ing company. He joined the firm
in 1981 and spent the next13 years
working his way up through the
management structure before
he was named CEO in December
Hackett resigned the execu-
tive post on Feb. 28, 2014. He
also serves as the non-executive
Chairman of the Board at Fifth
Third Bank, a member of the Ford
Motor Company's Board of Direc-
tors and a member of the Board
of Trustees of The Northwestern
Mutual Life Insurance Company.
"Jim is a highly experienced
and respected business leader, a
man of integrity, and a devoted
member of our Michigan commu-
nity," said University President
Mark Schlissel at the introduc-
tory press conference. "He led
(Steelcase) as it transitioned from
traditional manufacturing to
an innovative global company,
and now brings that success and
See HACKETT, Page 3A

Jim Hackett, a former player under Bo Schembechler and former CEO of Steelcase, was announced as the University's interim athletic director Friday, succeeding
Dave Brandon. His appointment continues a trend of businessmen holding the position.

his contract or he resigns, he will
receive the remainder of his base
salary. University spokesman
Rick Fitzgerald said Brandon's
settlement ended up being lower
than the amount originally stat-
ed in the contract because it was
renegotiated this week.
The contract agreement also
states that Brandon will assist
Schissel and Interim Athletic

Director Jim Hackett during the
leadership transition.
Following the Consolidated
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act, which requires "temporary
continuation" of health coverage
upon resignation or termination,
the University will cover Bran-
don's health care benefits until
June 30, 2015. If Brandon begins
work for another employer, the

University will no longer be
responsible for the coverage.
Since Brandon served as a
University regent from 1999 to
2006, he will keep two seats at
football, basketball and hock-
ey games reserved for regents
Additionally, under the settle-
ment agreement, Brandon will
not "issue any disparaging state-

ments regarding the University,
Athletic Department, the Board
of Regents, and their employ-
ees, representatives, or agents."
Brandon has not released any
formal statement since Schlis-
sel's announcement of his resig-
nation and could not be reached
for comment. Fitzgerald said
Brandon currently does not have
a scheduled statement.

AWithL evitt


reakonomics' uate public service training
program. The Public Policy
uthor speaks School's Centennial Reunion
welcomed alumni, students
t Ford School and members of the University
community for a weekend of
centennial discussions, an open house and

President Barack Obama at the Democratic campaign rally Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit with candi-
dates Gary Peters (D) and Mark Schauer (D).
Ob ama rall ies for D ems
days before -midter-ms

Peters enjoys wide
margin as Schauer
faces tight contest
Daily StaffReporter
DETROIT - Following a dis-
mal Democratic showing in 2010
that saw Republicans elected to
multiple state offices and gain

control of the state legislature,
Michigan Democrats have made
change over the past four years a
consistent campaign theme this
election cycle.
Speaking at a rally at Wayne
State University on Saturday for
the party's last big get-out-the-
vote push before Tuesday's elec-
tion, President Barack Obama
delivered on that message, echo-
ing his own previous campaign
focuses of hope and change.
For the past six presidential

elections, Michigan has voted
blue. But in midterm elections -
and especially in 2010 - Repub-
licans have traditionally had the
edge, because many Democratic
voters who turn out for presiden-
tial elections have stayed home
for the less-mobilizing midterms.
"When you step into that
voting booth, you are making
a choice not just about candi-
dates or parties," Obama told the
crowd. "You are making a choice
See OBAMA, Page 2A

Daily News Editor
Steven Levitt, co-author
of the famed economics book
"Freakonomics" and a Uni-
versity of Chicago econom-
ics professor, was the keynote
speaker for the Ford School of
Public Policy's centennial cel-
ebration. Levitt now works at
Spin For Good, a consulting
firm he co-founded. His lec-
ture to a sold-out audience at
Rackham Auditorium Friday
was a collection of quirky anec-
dotes not unlike his three best-
selling books: "Freakonomics,"
"SuperFreakonomics," and the
new "Think likea Freak."
In 1914, a year after the chair
of the University's Political Sci-
ence Department declared the
need for "training of munici-
pal experts," the University
began the first American grad-

Before the talk, The Michi-
gan Daily had a one-on-one
interview with Levitt:
What do you think is the
most unconventional piece
of advice in your new book,
"Think Like A Freak"?
In society, there's such a
strong pressure not to quit -
winners never quit, quitters
never win. And in experiments
in a study I've done where I
got 25,000 people to come to
my website and flip coins and
decide whether to, say, quit
their jobs or break up with their
boyfriend or girlfriend and the
evidence came up really defini-
tively that people just don't quit
enough at all. The biggest and
best piece of advice in our book
is when you're not sure - you
can't decide whether to quit
See LEVITT, Page 2A

U launches
to promote
Programs address
campus climate, aim
for cultural shifts
Daily StaffReporter
After a year when the Univer-
sity's struggle to foster inclusion
on campus resonated both in Ann
Arbor and across the country,
the administration has rolled out
several initiatives and programs
designed to address some of the
institution's ongoing challenges.
On top ofthe hard policy chang-
es the University's Black Student
Union called for last winter, the
University's Office of Student Life
has launched two new programs
with the aim of gradually creating
a more inclusive campus culture
by reshaping everyday communi-
cation and interaction. Both ini-
tiatives - the Inclusive Language
Campaign and Change it Up! pro-
gram - kicked off this fall.
These new attemptsto improve
campus climate come after sev-

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