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Jim Hackett was appointed Michigan's interim director of athletics by president Mark Schlissel on Oct. 31, 2014, and served through March 14, 2016, when Warde Manuel's appointment began. The recently retired chief executive officer of Michigan-based Steelcase Inc., Hackett led Michigan Athletics for more than 16 months while the search for a permanent AD was conducted.
"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 is a 1977 graduate of U-M where he played center on the football team. He is a member of the board of advisors for U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Life Sciences Institute.
Hackett retired in February after 20 years leading Steelcase, the Grand Rapids-based global leader in the office furniture industry. His career with Steelcase spanned 31 years. During that time, he led the company through a transformation from traditional manufacturer to industry innovator, known as much for the insights behind its furniture as for the products themselves.
Hackett also serves on the board of trustees for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, the board of directors for Ford Motor Co. in Detroit, and Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Center for Arts and Technology and a past president of the Institute of Design Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology.