Regents approve Jim Hackett as AD, $5.8M Yost upgrades
Ann Arbor – Jim Hackett's appointment as Michigan interim athletic director, and a $5.8 million upgrade for Yost Ice Arena were approved during Thursday's University of Michigan Regents meeting, which was disrupted by a lengthy protest.
The regularly-scheduled meeting, which began at the Michigan Union, was moved to the Fleming Administration Building after protesters shut down the meeting. University president Mark Schlissel, when the meeting was reconvened, said the meeting had been "adjourned for public safety reasons."
Hackett was formally introduced as the interim AD on Oct. 31 when former athletic director Dave Brandon's resignation was announced. Michigan recently released Hackett's contract, which will pay him $600,000. He is a former Michigan football player and CEO of Steelcase.
Hackett was not present at Thursday's meeting.
The athletic department request for a $5.8 million upgrade of the Yost ice rink floor and refrigeration system also was approved. Funding for the project will come from athletic department resources, and construction is expected to be completed by next summer.