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January 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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M ichigan interim Director of Ath- letics Jim Hackett worked some wonders in his stint thus far, landing both Jim Harbaugh and Nike. Hackett will not be staying on for the long term, however. M i c h i g a n h a s a n - nounced the school is launching a national search for his successor, and University President Mark Schlissel has ap- pointed a search advi- sory committee. "He stepped up at a challenging time in Michigan athletic history, our football program's history," Schlissel said of Hackett. "His perfor- mance as interim AD has been absolutely stellar in every regard. "Jim doesn't just do the right thing. He does the right things the right way. He's really been a tremendous leader." Schlissel indicated that Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports and Entertainment, will assist with the search, beginning immediately. The search committee includes Hackett; Liz Barry, special counsel to Schlissel; Anne Curzan, a U-M English language and literature professor; Corinne Har- ris, a women's soccer team co-captain; Kevin Hegarty, executive vice president and chief fi- nancial officer; Dr. Stefan G. Humphries, a former Michigan football player and director at Renown Rehabilitation Hospital in Nevada; and Carol Hutchins, Michigan soft- ball coach. Hackett indicated he'll continue on in his cur- rent post until a new AD is put in place, noting the decision to step down is a difficult one. "It's painful," Hackett said, "because the love story is real. It's not easy to have the circle close in the way I'm doing it now." Hackett will always be remembered for landing Michigan head football Inside Michigan ATHLETICS Michigan Begins Search For A Permanent AD Interim Director of Athletics Jim Hackett has worked wonders during his tenure, but he recently announced he is stepping down. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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