The Detroit News has announced its 2009 Michiganians of the Year. Included among the 10 honorees are University of Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon, Carol Goss, wife of former U-M athletics director Tom Goss, and U-M students and Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The award recognizes outstanding citizens across the state who have helped make living in Michigan a richer experience, either by their good works or by the example they set.
Brandon was recognized for initiating a charge to make Michigan a top 10 state for job and economic growth, while Goss was recognized for her commitment to improving education for children in Detroit neighborhoods. Davis and White, U-M students that are currently on tour with Stars on Ice, captured Olympic silver medals in ice dancing at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and have their eyes set on gold come 2014.
Other previous Michiganians of the Year affiliated with U-M include: football All-American Anthony Carter (1982), former football player Dr. Stefan Humphries (1983), alumnus A. Alfred Taubman (1983), Olympic gold medalist wrestler Steve Fraser (1984), former football coach Bo Schembechler (1985), former athletic director Don Canham (1987), former basketball coach Steve Fisher (1989), CNN senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta (1996), former football coach Lloyd Carr (1997), alumnus Bill Davidson (2001), current university president Mary Sue Coleman (2003), former university president Lee Bollinger (2003), chemical engineering professor Levi T. Thompson (2006).
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Leaders and best! Congratulations to the honorees.