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James F. Stapleton

James F. Stapleton

Jim Stapleton was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm in January of 2007 to replace Karen Valvo. Stapleton was reappointed by Governor Granholm in January 2009 to his own eight-year term that expires December 31, 2016.

Stapleton is President and CEO of B&R Consultants. From 2001 through July of 2004 (while continuing to fully own and operate B&R), Stapleton assumed the responsibilities of Senior Vice President of Business Affairs of the Detroit Tigers, making him (for a good majority of his tenure) the highest ranking African-American within the business operations of a Major League Baseball franchise. In July of 2004, Stapleton left Major League Baseball to participate in a group that, in June of 2005, purchased the Minnesota Vikings.

He is the former president of The Think Twice Foundation, an organization comprised of African and Jewish American Community Leaders that raised more than $1 million and provided more than 200 units of new and/or refurbished housing for Detroit residents. He is also a past chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the Urban League.

Stapleton has also served on several profit and not-for-profit boards, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wayne State University's Shiffman Medical Library Board of Visitors, Ontario Michigan Rail, and the Board of Directors of Detroit Commerce Bank.

He currently serves on the Personnel and Compensation Committee and is chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee.

First appointed: Jan. 2007

Current term expires: Dec. 2016

Contact Info:

Board of Regents Office
207 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734-487-2410

Fax: 734-484-9704

jstapes@att.net