University of Michigan Regent
OUTCOME: Republican Ron Weiser and Democrat Denise Ilitch were elected to the UM Board of Regents in a statewide race. (In Washtenaw County, Ilitch and Democrat Larry Deitch received the majority of votes.) For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.
Ronald Weiser is the founder of McKinley, a national real estate management company based in Ann Arbor. He was nominated as a candidate for the University of Michigan board of regents at the state GOP convention on Aug. 27, 2016. This is his second bid for UM regent. In 2014, he ran unsuccessfully for one of two open positions on the board, coming in third in a nine-way race.
Weiser is a major fundraiser for the Republican Party and is one of four regional chairs of the Trump Victory Fund, raising money for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Weiser has led several other national and statewide fundraising campaigns for Republican candidates. He was national co-chair for John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007-2008, and served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from February 2009 through 2010. He served as U.S. ambassador to Slovakia from 2001 to 2005 under the administration of President George W. Bush.
Weiser is a major donor and fundraiser for the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the UM Ross School of Business. Over the years he has donated nearly $100 million to UM, prompting the board of regents to name Weiser Hall in his honor in 2014. He has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Henry Ford Museum, the Michigan Theater, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
Weiser lives in Barton Hills. He is married to Eileen Weiser, who serves on the Michigan State Board of Education. They have a teenage son and two adult children.
Ron Weiser: In The News
Ron Weiser hones in on controlling tuition, budget in third bid for regent – Michigan Daily, Oct. 20, 2016
Editorial: Our choices for state education boards – Detroit News, Oct. 18, 2016
Are U-M regents candidates using Jim Harbaugh photos to get elected? – Detroit Free Press, Sept. 9, 2016
See Democratic and Republican candidates for Supreme Court, university boards – MLive, Aug. 28, 2016
Finley: GOP donors tuck away their checkbooks – Detroit News, July 19, 2016
From real estate to Republican politics: 'Relentless' Ron Weiser now among GOP's elite fundraisers – Crain’s Detroit Business, July 17, 2016
Weiser becomes Trump fundraiser, says he’ll ‘do well’ – Detroit News, May 26, 2016
Michigan Republican Ron Weiser to assist with Trump fundraising efforts – MLive, May 24, 2016
Former U.S. ambassador announces candidacy for regent – Michigan Daily, Feb. 10, 2016
Michigan’s Weiser chairs anti-Clinton super PAC – Detroit News, Oct. 28, 2015
McKinley founder Ron Weiser donates $50 million to University of Michigan – MLive, Dec. 19, 2014