Less than five months after he announced his retirement, former Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has a new job.
Hollis is now working as a sports and entertainment consultant for Dan Gilbert’s businesses.
“Mark’s decades of experience and skill creating numerous unique and innovative events will help elevate Detroit’s and our brand’s joint mission to attract national exposure and positive impact,” a spokesperson for Quicken Loans said in an email late Wednesday night. “Mark is the perfect fit to help us continue to raise the national awareness of the many opportunities and the diverse, highly-skilled talent found in Detroit’s new era of growth and optimism.”
After a decade as Michigan State’s athletic director, Hollis announced his retirement on Jan. 26 amid the fallout from the scandal involving former Michigan State sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, who will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting women and girls. That came two days after university president Lou Anna K. Simon stepped down and just hours before ESPN published a report questioning how the university handled complaints of sexual assault, violence and gender discrimination.
Former Michigan governor John Engler was appointed Michigan State’s interim president and he named vice president Bill Beekman interim athletic director.
Gilbert, a billionaire who owns Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers, is a Michigan State graduate and gave the university $15 million for a recent renovation to the Breslin Center and a scholarship fund. Quicken Loans will also be the new sponsor of a PGA Tour event at Detroit Golf Club.