U. of Michigan regents approve interim athletic director, $5.8 million ice rink upgrades

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan — The University of Michigan's Board of Regents has approved an interim athletic director appointment and a $5.8 million upgrade to a hockey arena.

The board signed off Thursday on Jim Hackett's appointment and the renovations to Yost Ice Arena's rink floor and refrigeration system. The meeting moved from the Michigan Union to an administrative building after a group of protesters interrupted to voice concerns over minority enrollment.

Hackett was introduced as the interim athletic director on Oct. 31 when former athletic director Dave Brandon's resignation was announced. Hackett will be paid $600,000. He is a former Michigan football player and recently retired as CEO of Michigan-based office furniture maker Steelcase Inc.

Construction on the arena is expected to be completed by next summer.

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