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David and Jan Brandon Give $250,000 In Support of Museum Expansion

Dave and Jan Brandon

David and Jan Brandon

UM Regent and Domino’s Pizza CEO David Brandon and Jan Brandon, a member of UMMA’s National Advisory Board since 2000, gave $250,000 to the Museum as part of a total $4 million gift to the University of Michigan. The Brandons’ generosity will be recognized in the naming of a dramatic space on the top floor of the Museum’s new Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing that will link galleries devoted to the arts of Asia with those devoted to modern and contemporary art. The space will offer lofty views into and through the triple-height Vertical Gallery and embody the bridging language of the Museum’s new architecture as it links disparate cultures, geographies, and chronologies.

The Brandons have a deep personal connection to the University units being honored with their support. For example, the largest single gift, $2 million, will be devoted to the construction of the neonatal intensive care unit in a new 1.1 million square-foot hospital to replace the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. The neonatal intensive care unit will be named for Nick and Chris Brandon, the now-grown twin sons whose life-threatening ailment as newborns was successfully treated at the institution. In the case of the Museum, Jan Brandon’s work as a member of the UMMA National Advisory Board member from its conception in 2000 has coincided with the evolution of the building expansion and restoration project from its first programming phases to groundbreaking, fueling a personal commitment to see the dream of a transformed Museum of Art realized.

“Dave and I both care passionately about the educational experiences that leadership institutions such as the University of Michigan can provide for our young people,” said Jan Brandon. “It has been exhilarating to be part of UMMA’s growing vitality and recognition as one of the nation’s most dynamic university art museums. With a transformed facility, the Museum will be even better positioned to serve as a world-class educational resource and Dave and I are pleased to be a part of this new chapter in the Museum’s history.”

“Jan and Dave have both been deeply engaged with our efforts to create a more vital Museum for many years,” said UMMA Director James Steward. “Jan’s role on our National Board, and Dave’s deep involvement across the University as a Regent, have allowed both to play formative roles in helping us plan for a museum that will serve both the University and the community effectively. We are grateful to be among those areas of the University honored with David and Jan’s generosity.”

In addition to their gifts to UMMA and Mott, the Brandons have also supported the School of Education, the Athletics Department, the Department of Urology, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Together they are co-chairing the campaign for the new Mott Hospital. In addition to her participation at UMMA, Jan Brandon serves as a regent at Eastern Michigan University and is active throughout the community. David Brandon serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including Detroit Renaissance, The Purple Rose Theatre, The Parade Company, and the David A. Brandon Foundation.