David A. Brandon
Brandon at Michigan Stadium, Sept. 2012
Born(1952-05-00)May , 1952
Dearborn, Michigan
ResidenceAnn Arbor, Michigan
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationUniversity Of Michigan
OccupationDirector of Intercollegiate Athletics
Years active2010-
EmployerUniversity of Michigan
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Wife: Jan
ChildrenSons: Scott, Nick, Chris,
Daughter: Carli

David A. Brandon is the director of intercollegiate athletics for the University of Michigan. He was formerly chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and manager of Domino's Pizza. He is also a former regent of the University of Michigan. Brandon took over Domino's in March 1999 when founder Thomas Monaghan sold it to the investment group Bain Capital.[1] Prior to Domino's, he was the CEO of Valassis Communications. On January 5, 2010 he was announced as the next athletic director of the University of Michigan.


He graduated with a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate from the University of Michigan in 1974. While in Ann Arbor, he was the back-up quarterback of the university's football team, under the leadership of Bo Schembechler, though he only played in one game at another position.[2] As a sophomore, Brandon was a reserve player on the 1971 Michigan Wolverines football team, assigned No. 24, and listed as a 6-foot, 3-inch quarterback from South Lyon, Michigan.[3] In his junior and senior seasons, he was listed on the roster of the 1972 and 1973 Michigan football teams as a defensive end assigned No. 85.[4][5]

Brandon's on-field time was limited to a single game. Although he received three Big Ten Conference championship rings, the former high school star quarterback says he played only a few minutes of mop-up time as a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end.

"It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was the hot-shot kid coming out of high school with nine varsity letters, and I learned that didn't count for very much," says Brandon.[6]

"I left the program feeling a lot like a failure," says Brandon, who had planned to put his degree in speech communication to use by becoming a teacher and coach.

Brandon remained close to Schembechler and the Michigan program after his playing career was over, often attending and speaking at alumni events. In his memoirs, Schembechler remarked that Brandon might someday run for governor, and if so, he'd have his vote.[7]

Brandon has honorary doctorate degrees from Walsh College,[8] Schoolcraft College, Lawrence Technological University, Cleary College, Central Michigan University,[9] and Albion College.

On May 9, 2009, David received his honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Albion College during the college's commencement ceremonies, in Albion, Michigan. He also delivered a commencement address to the 2009 graduating class.[10] and finished his address by giving a graduation present to each of the graduates. Taped to the bottom of each of their seats was a coupon for a free pizza and a soda.[11]


Brandon was elected to the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan in 1998, as a member of the Republican Party. In the November 2006 election, he lost his reelection bid to Democrat Julia Donovan Darlow.[12] His term expired December 31, 2006.

An avid participant in Republican politics, Brandon had expressed interest in running for the United States Senate in 2006 against Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. However, he announced in August 2005 that he would not be a candidate in the 2006 elections. According to public records, Brandon has donated almost $200,000 to Republican Party candidates and election committees.[13]


On May 5, 2005, Brandon appeared on the third edition of Donald Trump's The Apprentice as part of the finale CEO interview panel.[14] In an advertisement that first aired on January 21, 2009, David starred by "oven baking" a cease and desist order from Subway. He was seen putting the letter in a pizza oven, and the letter caught on fire. Subway had sent the letter to Domino's to stop advertisements for their new oven baked sandwiches that noted a 2 to 1 advantage over Subway's subs in an independent taste test.[15][16]

Dave's BlogEdit

David keeps a blog, titled "Dave's Blog," which is accessible only to Domino's Pizza franchisees and corporate store managers. In his blog he talks about such topics as his personal unannounced visits to stores and the price of cheese.

Appointment as University of Michigan athletic directorEdit

On January 5, 2010, Brandon was named athletic director at the University of Michigan, succeeding Bill Martin.[17]


  1. Domino's Board of Directors
  2. "University of Michigan Regent Emeritus David A. Brandon".
  3. "1971 Michigan football roster". University of Michigan.
  4. "1972 Michigan football roster". University of Michigan.
  5. "1973 Michigan football roster". University of Michigan.
  6. "Domino's CEO Brandon to be Michigan athletic director". USA Today.
  8. "Walsh Journal", Walsh College, Fall, 2007.
  9. David Brandon for UM Regent
  10. Webber, Jake. "Holocaust Survivor, Domino's CEO Address Grads at Albion College Commencement", Albion College - College News, May 1, 2009
  11. "Albion Celebrates Commencement 2009, Albion College - College News, May 9, 2009.
  12. "Election changes stadium dynamic" - Detroit Free Press (11/09/06)
  13. NEWSMEAT ▷ David Brandon's Federal Campaign Contribution Report
  14. "The Apprentice, Season 3, Episode 15 Recap". NBC, May 5, 2005.
  15. Murray, Stefanie. "David Brandon of Domino's Pizza stars in TV commercial "burning" legal letter from Subway", Ann Arbor News, January 22, 2009.
  16. "Domino's Responds to Subway's Cease-and-Desist Letter", Chain Leader, January 22, 2009.
  17. "David Brandon named next athletic director"

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