Mr. Clif Haley
"We are truly excited to host such a remarkable individual as Clif Haley in the BE Inspired Speaker Series,” said David Finley, dean of the LSSU College of Business and Engineering, which sponsors the series. “Students and the greater community will benefit from his insights into what it takes to succeed in business, and how he has given back via his leadership of the MSU College of Law."
Haley is a 1961 Detroit College of Law graduate and was president of the law college prior to assuming the role of board chair. A member of the board since 1997, he was elected vice president in 1998 and president in 2001.
During the 10 years he served as president, he led the law college in advancing the long-term strategy of achieving Big Ten Law School reputation and reach, and building a substantial endowment. An early advocate for affiliation, he worked with former MSU President M. Peter McPherson and then-Provost Lou Anna Simon in 2004 to negotiate a major academic change in the affiliation that resulted in Detroit College of Law becoming MSU College of Law, a constituent college of the university.
Haley chaired the committee that recommended the historic transformation to strengthen the affiliation by providing that MSU’s president also would serve as president of MSU College of Law, with responsibility to manage and direct all academic, administrative, and financial affairs. The change took effect July 1, 2011.
In addition to his juris doctor degree, Haley received an honorary doctor of laws degree from MSU College of Law in 1993. More than 40 years after earning his juris doctor, he joined his three daughters and two grandchildren when he received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary humanities in 2003 from the MSU College of Arts and Letters. Haley uses his business experience to teach Mergers and Acquisitions as an adjunct faculty member at the law college.
Haley is the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Budget Rent-a-Car Corp. From 1961-1977, he held a variety of domestic and international management positions at Ford. Today, he is president and owner of the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center, where he lives with his wife Carolyn, a lifelong educator.
Haley is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. He is an adviser to Altus Capital, an East Coast private equity firm, and is a board member and legal advisor for the DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society.
CONTACTS: Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; David Finley, Dean of the College of Business and Engineering, e-mail, 635-2207.