U-M Honors Sanford Robertson With Honorary Degree


University of Michigan Commencement ceremonies this year included a special honor: the presentation of an honorary doctor of laws degree to Ross alum Sanford R. Robertson, BBA ’53/MBA ’54.

Robertson founded the pioneering investment firm Robertson Stephens and was a founding partner of Francisco Partners. At Robertson Stephens he helped create the financial infrastructure that has powered the nation's rapidly growing technology sector. Bank of America Corp. acquired Robertson Stephens in 1997. Two years later he co-founded Francisco Partners, a $10 billion private equity firm. He is a director of several public companies and nonprofit organizations.

A longtime member of the U-M President’s Advisory Group, he has served on U-M's Investment Advisory Committee since it was founded in 1990. He served on the campaign for Michigan National Leadership Committee in the 1980s and co-chaired the Michigan Difference campaign. He and his wife, Jeanne, currently serve on the steering committee of the $4 billion Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign.