William C. Martin

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William C. "Bill" Martin was University of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Director from 2000 to 2010.

Martin, commonly known as Sailboat Willie, is president of the United States Sailing Foundation and also served as president of the U.S. Sailing Association, the national governing body of the sport of sailing from 1988–1991. He has been on the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee since 1995 and has served on its budget committee.

Martin received a bachelor of arts degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 1962, and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Stockholm, in 1963. He received his MBA degree from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 1965. Martin has been a member of the board of directors of Wittenberg since 1994, and is a member of the Fales Committee of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Michigan’s athletic department, headed by Martin, was just one of six in the United States to show a budgetary surplus in each of the five years from 2004 to 2008. For nine straight years (2000–2008) it achieved a surplus.

On October 21, 2009, Martin announced his retirement as Michigan's athletic director, effective September 4, 2010. He was succeeded by David Brandon.

Business career[edit]

In 1968, Martin founded First Martin Corp., a real estate construction, development, and management firm that has developed 35 major office, commercial, industrial, and residential projects in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Martin has served as president of the Washtenaw Land Conservancy since 1981 and also has been a board member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Foundation and Washtenaw Technical Middle College, a charter school. He has taught courses at Muskingum College, Eastern Michigan University, and U-M's Ross School of Business.[citation needed]

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