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AOL Founder Steve Case Will Speak at Ross Commencement

4/12/2007 --

Spring graduation ceremony will be held April 27 at Crisler Arena.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—AOL founder Steve Case will deliver the keynote address at the Ross School's commencement at 5 p.m. April 27 at Crisler Arena. Tickets are not required.

As co-founder and former chair and CEO of America Online Inc., Case played an integral role in building America's No. 1 Internet service provider and helped transform how people communicate, learn and conduct business. AOL brought millions of Americans their first connection to the Internet and drove worldwide adoption of a medium that has become more valuable than the telephone or television. Case also ensured that AOL led the industry on issues like making the Internet a safe place for children, bridging the "digital divide" and investing in online philanthropy.

In 2005, Case launched Revolution LLC, a company that seeks to drive transformative change by shifting power to consumers. Its mission is to partner with entrepreneurs in building businesses that give people more choice, control and convenience in important areas of their lives. Revolution's current activities are focused on companies in the real estate/resort, wellness and health care sectors.

Case is currently chairman of two nonprofit organizations: the Case Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his wife Jean; and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), an entrepreneurial approach to funding brain cancer research that he founded in 2001 with his late brother Dan. In addition, Case was a founding organizer of Business Strengthening America and has served as vice chair of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Case remains a leading advocate for combining respect for the islands' native culture and environment with job creation and economic growth. He is a major investor in two Hawaii businesses---Grove Farm of Kauai and Maui Land & Pineapple---that are developing fresh operating models for the agriculture industry and sustainable communities for residents and visitors.

More information about Revolution can be found at More details about the Ross School's commencement are at

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847