President Susan W. Martin
Dr. Susan W. Martin EMU President Entering her seventh year as the president of Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Susan W. Martin has made a significant impact on the campus in her time in Ypsilanti. Named the 22nd president of EMU May 14, 2008, she is the first female president in EMU’s 165year history. Martin officially took office July 7, 2008. Martin’s tenure at Eastern has brought unprecedented five-year growth in facilities and record-setting growth in enrollment. During this time, Eastern has also led the state in tuition restraint. Since joining EMU she has led the institution to enrollment growth, kept tuition, room and board at 0% increase for 2010-11, enhanced the quality of education by investing in hiring new faculty, and enhanced the living and learning facilities by making $210 million in capital improvements to the campus. Eastern has been a nationally recognized leader in tuition restraint. Over the past five years, Eastern’s has been by far the lowest among the state’s 15 public universities. This includes the “0, 0, 0” tuition, room and board freeze of 2010-2011, in which
Eastern was one of a handful of universities around the nation to not increase fees. Additionally, Eastern completed its first comprehensive fundraising campaign a year ahead of schedule. “Invest. Inspire. The Campaign for Eastern Michigan” surpassed its $50 million goal in the summer of 2012 and reached $56 million. The highly successful campaign set the tone for future efforts to benefit Eastern students. “I am thrilled to be chosen for the honor of leading this great University, which has a strong history of excellent education and a bright future,” said Martin. During her inaugural address Martin set forth an ambitious vision for the university. The goals included building on the pillars of academic excellence, refreshing alumni relationships, comprehensive fundraising and earning the public’s trust. Prior to coming to EMU, Martin was the provost and vice-chancellor of academic affairs at the University of MichiganDearborn. The majority of Martin’s higher education career was at Grand Valley State University, where she taught and published as a professor of accounting and taxation. Martin served as director of
the master of taxation program, director of international business programs, and chair of the accounting and taxation department. In June 2001, Martin joined the GVSU provost’s office and served in roles as assistant, associate, and executive associate vice president of academic affairs. One of her major duties in that office was to help manage the $154 million budget for the Academic Affairs Division. Before GVSU, Martin was deputy state treasurer for the Bureau of Local Government Services for Michigan from June 1981-June 1984. She also was the commissioner of revenue for the state of Michigan from 1985-88. Martin received her doctoral degree in accounting from Michigan State University in 1988 and her master’s degree in accounting from MSU in 1976. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1971. In 2009, Martin received the MSU Department of Accounting and Information Systems Alumna of the Year Award. Martin is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Educational Trust as well as Ann Arbor SPARK, a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring businesses to the Ann Arbor area. She is married to Dr. Larry Martin, professor of economics at Michigan State University, and has three children and three grandchildren.
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