Oct. 20, 2012
LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder today (Saturday, Oct. 20) announced the appointment of University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon to serve as an honorary co-chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. Brandon's counterpart at Michigan State, Mark Hollis, also was appointed as co-chair.
The 15-member council was established to urge an increase in the physical activity and an improvement in the health of Michiganders. 2012 marks its 20thyear of service.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce the wonderful partnership David and Mark will share in service to the Great Lakes State," said Snyder. "Though they may be on opposing teams for this Saturday's MSU/U-M game, I know these outstanding leaders are on the same side when it comes to building a healthier and stronger Michigan."
"We are excited to have two of the most prominent leaders in sports and education in Michigan help lead our state down the path towards healthier living," said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. "Mark and David will be powerful advocates for our mission to Get Michigan on its Feet, and we look forward to their leadership and passion in helping Michigan citizens to make healthy choices."
A 1974 U-M graduate, Brandon has served as athletics director at his alma mater since March 2010. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza Inc. and as president and CEO of Valassis Communications Inc. Brandon continues to serve as non-executive chairman of Domino's Pizza Inc. and is a member of the board of directors for Herman Miller, DTE Energy and the Kaydon Corp. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Albion College, Central Michigan University, Cleary College, Davenport University, Lawrence Technological University, Schoolcraft College and Walsh College.
Hollis has been athletics director at Michigan State since 2008. He brings more than 20 years of athletics administration experience, having previously served as assistant and associate athletics director at the University of Pittsburgh and as assistant commissioner for the Western Athletic Conference. Hollis holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.