Grand Rapids couple gives $150,000 gift to Ford School of Public Policy

August 6, 2002

ANN ARBOR—James and Kathy Hackett of Grand Rapids have established the Lee C. Bollinger Award at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Their gift of $150,000 will endow an annual award for tuition to an exceptional second year masters student. “We are delighted to make this gift to the Ford School in honor of former University of Michigan president, Lee Bollinger,” says James Hackett. “Kathy and I feel bly that Lee did a tremendous job during his tenure at the University. This gift is one way that we can acknowledge Lee’s b commitment to education and also honor President Ford’s lifetime of public service by supporting students preparing for careers in public service.”

“I am extremely pleased that the Hacketts have made this generous gift. It acknowledges Lee Bollinger’s key leadership and support to the Ford School during his years as president. In recruiting top notch students, the Ford School faces stiff competition from well-endowed competitor schools who have the ability to offer higher amounts of financial aid,” says Rebecca Blank, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. “The Lee C. Bollinger Award will help strengthen the ability of the Ford School to attract and support first-rate students.” James Hackett is the President and CEO of Steelcase, Inc. in Grand Rapids, and is a U-M graduate.