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The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 7, 2000 - 3

The predecessors
With last week's hiring,
Bill Martin became the
University's tenth athletic
director, dating back to
1898 when Charles Baird
was hired.
Since then, the Athletic
Department has been one;
of the most tamed and
successful in the country.
Called 'business .
geitnis of tie Yost- I
eia football teams.
Sent squad to its
fist Rose Bowl.
-d 3
First war-time ath-
letic director. Hired
Branch Rickey to
coach baseball
team.
S
Orchestrated the
modern athletic
an pus and built
8 55(t-seat
Micia Stadium g
in 927
r~ Served as both
football coach
and athletic direc-
tor for ten years.
Brought winged
helmet team.
('ottinuecd to
lead pr ogram to
natiotial promi-
itence. Brought
artificial tur to
Stadium. a
Famedgridiron
skipper fired bas-
ketball coach Bill
Freider hefore
Michigan won
AN,1989 tourney.
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Martin succeeds Goss as athletic director

MARTIN
Continued from Page 1
end, the decision was mine. I could
not make this appointment with the
confidence that I have if not for the
committee's terrific work."
Jackson said the committee was not
surprised that Bollinger did not pick
one of its final three candidates.
"The search committee was an adviso-
ry committee. We understood our role
and we recommended people, but it was
Bollinger's decision. He made the deci-
sion with full information," Jackson said.
The committee looked for candi-
dates with a wide range of skills.
"We were looking for someone who
had some experience. As for criteria,
we were interested in someone with a
sense for business, someone interest-
ed in intercollegiate athletics, some-

one with vision and leadership capa-
bilities, and who could take the
department on in the next couple of
years," Jackson said.
Martin is a University alum.,
President and founder of First Martin
Corp., an Ann Arbor real estate, con-
struction and management firm, a
member of the Fales Committee of
the U.S. Naval Academy, president of
the United States Sailing Foundation
and is on the board of directors of the
U.S. Olympic Committee.
Men's cross country coach Ron
Warhurst said he first asked Martin if
he would feel comfortable with the
athletic department making a recom-
mendation for him.
"It was a letter of recommendation.
It's a typical thing, in this kind of sit-
uation - they never go to the people
who will be affected," Warhurst said.
"We decided it would be nice if we

wrote a letter of recommendation
indicating we would like to recom-
mend from within the department."
"I said to Bill 'how long would it
take you to straighten this place out?'
and he said 'probably 18 months or
so," Warhurst said.
"I think in the beginning he was
just going to do an interim. As he got
more support, he started feeling
attached to it," he added.
Men's basketball coach Brian
Ellerbe said he is very supportive of
Bollinger's choice.
"I think it's a great move.
As a matter of
fact, I'm a little
surprised it
took as long as
it did. I think
they looked
around all
over, when what
they were
looking

Who is Bill Martin?

right in front of them the whole time,"
Ellerbe said.
"Bill's a guy who very much likes a
lot of changes and wants to take
things head on until they work them-
selves out," he added.
In an unprecedented move, Martin
said he will donate his first years
salary of $250,000 back to a special
fund in the athletic department.
"Lee (Bollinger) was not necessari-
ly happy with that, but fortunately in
my past life it was very rewarding
financially, and I would rather have
the first year's salary for this position
go back into an athletic director's pool
that I can use to enhance our 25
sports," Martin said.
Over the past months, Martin has
outlined many of the changes he
would like to see within the athletic
department. Most recently, the
University Board of Regents
approved a plan to add 400 seats to
Yost Ice Arena.
"Yost is just a very magical place.
Being able add more seats and mak-
ing more available to students will
just enhance that whole collegiate
hockey experience," Martin said.
Martin is also looking into raising bas-
ketball, football and hockey prices,
adding skyboxes to Michigan Stadium,
advertising on the stadiums scoreboard
and relocating Ray Fisher Stadium to a
spot next to the Varsity Tennis Center.
"We're going to be very conserva-
tive, recognize the traditions of
Michigan and move forward finan-
cially," Martin said.
University Regent Rebecca McGowan
(D-Ann Arbor) said she will definitely
approve Martin's appointment at the
Regents meeting this month.
"I was very supportive of him
becoming the interim athletic direc-
tor. Everything I have seen suggests
he will make a spectacular athletic
director," McGowansaid."He will be
great for both men's aind women's
sports."
- Daily Sports Editor Raphael
Goodstein contriibuted to this report.

Age: 59
Education: Bachelor of arts degree from Wittenberg
University; graduate degree in economics from the
University of Stockholm; M.B.A., University of
Michigan
Occupations: President and founder of First Martin
Corp., an Ann Arbor real estate development and man-
agement firm; founder and chairman of the Bank of Ar
Arbor
Affiliations: U.S. Olympic Committee
board member; President of U.S.
Sailing Foundation; member of the
Fales Committee of the U.S. Naval
Academy

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