Robertson (left) and Nussmeier
May 29, 2014
ATHERTON, Calif. -- On Wednesday evening (May 28), University of Michigan donors Jay and Michaela Hoag graciously hosted Michigan Athletics friends and supporters during the annual West Coast "Team Tour." Special guests included John Beilein, men's basketball head coach; Brady Hoke, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach; and Dave Brandon, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. The Team Tour is an annual event that takes Michigan Athletics coaches and administration on the road to enjoy time with donors, friends and alumni. During the event, guests heard updates from Ann Arbor and coaches shared stories of Wolverine student-athletes' successes in competition and in the classroom.
The evening was capped off when Brandon announced that, as part of the University's $4 billion Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign, Michigan alumnus and generous donor Sanford Robertson (BBA '53, MBA '54) has committed a $3 million gift to endow the U-M football offensive coordinator position. Robertson, like many of Michigan Athletics' generous donors, supports several areas of the University, committing time and resources to better U-M and the student experience.
"The game of football has always been a part of my life. I can remember attending games with my father as a young boy, and, now years later, I am able to give a meaningful gift to support Michigan Athletics," said Robertson. "It is rare to see an institution with both a reputation of academic excellence and a steep history of athletic success. I am eager to watch Coach Nussmeier teach our student-athletes how to succeed both on the field and in the classroom."
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was in attendance to celebrate the announcement. "I am humbled and honored to be at a school where alumni like Sandy care so deeply about the commitment to being leaders and best and developing our student-athletes," said Nussmeier. "This is what makes Michigan so special, and I am grateful to be a part of it."
In recognition of the gift, the offensive coordinator position will now be formally known as the Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator.
Sanford "Sandy" Robertson is a founding partner of the private equity firm Francisco Partners. He and his wife, Jeanne, generously support a multitude of diverse initiatives at the University of Michigan including at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Sandy co-chaired the Michigan Difference campaign and serves as honorary co-chair of the Bay Area Campaign Leadership Council. A member of the President's Advisory Group and the Investment Advisory Committee, he received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2010. This is the highest award bestowed on donors and volunteers of the University for their dedication to better the Michigan Community.
Victors for Michigan
The University of Michigan Athletic Department is grateful for the generosity of all of our donors who invest in the Victors for Michigan campaign. This $355 million initiative will focus on providing all student-athletes across our 31 teams with the resources they need to be the Leaders and Best in Every Way. With your support, we are investing in our three campaign pillars: Student-Athlete Enrichment, Scholarship Support, and Building Our Home. To learn more about our campaign priorities, please visit support.mgoblue.com.