Bill Martin was appointed interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on March 3, 2000, and was named the permanent director five months later on Aug. 1 by former U-M president Lee Bollinger. He has served as the president of the United States Olympic Committee, after having served on its board of directors for eight years, and is currently on the board of directors for the U.S. Olympic Foundation and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
In April 2005, Martin received the United States Olympic Committee General Douglas MacArthur Award, the organization's highest award, honoring his leadership as acting president of the USOC (Feb. 2003-June 2004). He also received the 2005 Humanitarian Award from the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, its highest honor, and was named the 2000 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year for his service and contributions to the community.
Martin founded First Martin Corporation, a diversified real estate firm, in 1968 and is the founder and chairman of the board of Bank of Ann Arbor. He has served as president of the Washtenaw Land Conservancy, and was a founding board member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation and the Washtenaw Technical Middle School, a charter high school at Washtenaw Community College.
An avid sailor, Martin served as president of the United States Sailing Association, the national governing body of the sport, from 1988-91. In 2003, he was awarded the Nathaniel G. Heereshoff Trophy for outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the United States.
Martin earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1962 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, in 1963. He received his master's in business administration from Michigan in 1965. Martin was a member of the board of directors of Wittenberg from 1994-2007. He and his wife, Sally, reside in Ann Arbor and have two sons, Seth and Michael, and one grandson, William Declan. They welcomed granddaughters Cate and Reese this past summer.