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Memoir

James F. Brinkerhoff
Regents' Proceedings 278

James F. Brinkerhoff, professor of business administration and former vice president and chief financial officer, will retire on June 30, 1989, after a career of extraordinary service to the University of Michigan.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Brinkerhoff attended public schools in Hamburg, New York, and attended Alma College from 1941-43. His education was interrupted by service with the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, for which he was awarded the Silver Star in 1944. After the war, he earned his B.B.A. degree at the University of Toledo in 1947 and his M.B.A. degree at the University of Michigan in 1948.

Mr. Brinkerhoff began his professional career in 1948 as the personnel manager of Square D Company in Detroit. In 1951, he took a position with Argus Cameras in Ann Arbor, where, over the next ten years, he worked his way up from executive assistant to the president to vice president for operations. Mr. Brinkerhoff first came to the University of Michigan in 1962 as director of plant extension. In 1967, he was promoted to director of business
operations, and in 1970, associate vice president. In 1971, Mr. Brinkerhoff moved to the University of Minnesota, where he served as vice president for finance, planning, and operations (later expanded to vice president for finance and development) and professor of management. He returned to the University of Michigan in 1977 to assume the role of vice president and chief financial officer, and in 1984, he was named professor of business administration. He relinquished his role as vice president and chief financial officer in June of 1988.

In addition to his professional roles, Mr. Brinkerhoff has been an active participant in civic and community affairs. He served on the Ann Arbor City Council from 1958-60, and has served in leadership roles in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, United Fund, First Presbyterian Church, and other charitable and civic organizations
in Ann Arbor and Minneapolis. Mr. Brinkerhoffs expertise has benefited a wide variety of business, educational, and professional organizations; among the boards he has served on are Chemotronics International (chairman of the board from 1963-79); the American Management Association; the Eastern, Central and National Associations of College and University Business Officers; the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy; Alma College; College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF); Research Libraries Group (RLG); and General Automotive Corporation.

In all of his endeavors, Jim Brinkerhoff has exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership, integrity, and strength that have been of inestimable value to his colleagues, the Regents, and the University. As he enters this new phase of his life, the Regents trust that the University can continue to benefit from his sage counsel.

For his exemplary service, the Regents now name James F. Brinkerhoff Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Business Administration.