Jim Hackett is vice chair of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Jim retired from the CEO role at Steelcase in February 2014. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan where he was a member of their football team. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for Northwestern Mutual Life and Fifth Third Bank, and is the past president of the Institute of the Design Board of Overseers at the Il Institute of Technology. He has served as the chair of the 1998 Heart of West Michigan United Way campaign, and also served as the chair of the Cultural Diversity Council of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. At Grand Valley State University, Hackett has served on the 2001 Honorary Executive Cabinet for the Building for Life campaign, the 2005 Honorary Executive Cabinet of the Innovation campaign and on the committee for the Engineering Laboratories Building campaign. He was also awarded the 1999 Grand Valley Leadership Award. He was also awarded the 1999 Grand Valley Leadership Award. Back to Foundation Leadership.