A native of the Upper Peninsula, Keith Molin graduated from Escanaba in 1955. Following a tour of duty with the United States Army, he enrolled at Northern Michigan University in the spring of 1959. He graduated with the B.A. in History in January of 1962. Immediately following graduation, Molin began a career in Republican politics.
He first served as Director of Organization in Southeastern Michigan for the Republican State Central Committee during former Governor Romney’s 1962 gubernatorial campaign.IN 1964 Molin moved to the national scene, serving as a Regional Vice-Chairman for the Rockefeller for President Committee in 16 states throughout the Midwest.
In 1965 Molin returned to Michigan and was instrumental in the development of Congressman Phil Ruppe’s initial, and successful, campaign for Congress from Michigan’s 11th congressional district. In May of 1966 he was assigned to the Senatorial Campaign of United States Senator Robert Griffin, for whom he directed all scheduling and organizational efforts.
In 1967 Molin’s career took him to Wisconsin, where he headed an organizational effort to reorganize the Republican party of Milwaukee County. He returned to Michigan in 1968 to serve as Executive Director of the Wayne county Republican Committee, a post he held until January of 1970, at which time he was elected Chairman of the organization.
Molin managed Governor Milliken’s successful campaign in 1970m and has served as the Governor’s Legislative Liaison since September of 1971.
In addition to his political career, Molin found time to be an active member of many local, state, national and international service organizations, including the Metropolitan Detroit Executive’s Organization of which he was an officer; the Organization Executive’s of Michigan of which he was an officer; the American Society of Association Executives and the International Downtown Executive Association of which he was director.
Molin was a member of the Detroit Economic Club and served on the group’s nominating committee.
His achievements were recognized by his professional associates with honors including 1969 Distinguished Service Award from the International Downtown Executives Association; the 1970 “Make America Beautiful Award” by the National Real estate Association; and recognition as one of the “Community Leaders in America” in 1972. He was also listed in the 1970-72 editions of “Who’s Who in Michigan politics”.
Following his career in politics, Molin accepted a position at the University of Michigan as the Associate Director of Development for Major Gifts in 1979. In 1983 he was named Assistant to the Vice-President for Government Relations before being promoted to Associate Vice President in 1990.
Molin made another shift in 1994, accepting a position as the Special Assistant to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, later to be named the Senior Associate Athletics Director. He later held a similar position for the University of Pittsburgh beginning in 2005.
In 2008, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Board of Directors appointed Molin as the agency’s Interim Director after the former director, Michael DeVos, resigned. Molin was given a six-month contract—which was quickly extended to two years as the search committee could not find a more qualified replacement. He retired after his contract expired in September of 2010.