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Darla Moore School of Business


Michael Ian Fanning

Title: President, USC Business Partnership Foundation
Department: Business Partnersip Foundation
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-9712
Office: 326


Michael Ian Fanning is president of the Business Partnership Foundation (BPF) for the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Before his election as BPF president, Fanning was director of sustainable development for Michelin North America.

Fanning joined Michelin North America in 1999 and in 2000 became vice president of corporate affairs, building on executive communications roles with Liberty Corp., Reader’s Digest Association, IBM and the Associated General Contractors of America. In 2011, he embarked on a five-year international assignment at Michelin’s worldwide headquarters in France to lead the company’s global program in sustainability, which addresses the new energy, environmental and social challenges presented by a growing population. He returned to the United States in 2015, where he led Michelin’s sustainable development efforts in North America.

Fanning’s interest in and commitment to higher education isn’t new. He was previously a member and chairman of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, and he serves on the Advisory Council of Communications at the College of Charleston, which he also chaired for two years. In addition, Fanning helped with the recent establishment of a Michelin partnership with USC and Clemson to offer an undergraduate sustainability course this spring at both universities, including a common engagement on Michelin’s industrial sustainability challenges.

A native of Washington, D.C., Fanning earned a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film from University College at the University of Maryland.

The Business Partnership Foundation was established as a tax-exempt nonprofit in 1969 to serve as a partnership between business and academic communities to make the Moore School one of the best business schools in the nation.

Fanning is the first person to be elected BPF president, a position recently created to expand the BPF's role beyond the supplemental financial support it provides the Moore School to include greater interaction with the business community and alumni in the state, region and around the world.