Election defeat won't keep Brandon
far from his beloved alma mater
Regent David Brandon says it is unlikely he'll run again for the board after last week's election defeat, but he expects to continue to have "plenty of opportunities" to be involved with the University.
Brandon came in fourth in the race for two open positions on the Board of Regents, losing to Democrat Julia Donovan Darlow, an Ann Arbor resident and attorney. Incumbent Katherine White, also a Democrat, will retain her seat following the Nov. 7 election.
White captured 26 percent of the vote, Darlow 25 percent. Brandon and Susan Brown (R-Kalamazoo) each garnered 22 percent, although Brown's actual vote tally was slightly higher.
"I had my time to serve and would love to have extended it. I'll miss serving on the board, but life goes on," Brandon says of the outcome. "I want to thank (President) Mary Sue (Coleman) and her team, and all of the leaders across the University. It's been a great eight years.
"I wish my colleagues, Mary Sue and all at the University my best, and I'll be just around the corner if there is anything I can do to help."
In addition to serving as regent, Brandon and his wife, Jan, are co-chairs of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital capital campaign and have donated $2 million to help with construction of a new hospital facility. He also is a member of the M-Club and the Visiting Committee in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
He says recent gifts to the School of Education, from which he graduated, the Department of Urology, the U-M Museum of Art, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Business Schoolplus his passion for athletics that began when he was a member of the football teamwill keep him actively involved with the University. Altogether the Brandons have donated $4 million to The Michigan Difference campaign.
"It has been an honor and great pleasure to work with Regent Brandon, who for eight years has given tirelessly to this University as a member of our Board of Regents," President Mary Sue Coleman says. "David served as the first chair of the regents' Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, and we are a stronger and more financially secure institution because of his wisdom and tremendous leadership in this important arena. David and Jan Brandon have given generous financial support to many areas of the University, and I am confident they will continue to be close friends and supporters of this institution in the years ahead."
Along with Brandon, White first was elected to the board in 1998. She is a law professor at the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. She was a judicial law clerk to Judge Randall Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and served as intellectual property counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while on active duty as a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Darlow is a legal specialist in international business and corporate governance. She was first woman president of the State Bar of Michigan and has served on the boards of the Detroit Medical Center and Marygrove College. During a candidate forum Oct. 30 she spoke in favor of affirmative action, said she is interested in recruiting more international students and stated her belief that the board should be involved with policy-setting, not managing the University.