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About President Susan Work Martin, Ph.D.

Susan Work Martin, Ph.D.

Eastern Michigan University

Susan Work Martin, Ph.D.Dr. Susan Martin joined Eastern Michigan University (EMU) as its 22nd president and first woman president in July 2008. Since joining EMU she has:

  • guided the institution to record levels of freshman enrollment
  • led state of Michigan in tuition restraint over last six years
  • increased financial aid 100 percent during last seven years
  • improved living and learning facilities, such as the Science Complex, during record investment in capital improvements
  • enhanced campus safety by adding police officers, more camera surveillance and other measures

Prior to Eastern Michigan, Dr. Martin served as provost and vice-chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2006-08. Dr. Martin enjoyed an 18-year career at Grand Valley State University where she served as director of the master of taxation program, director of international business programs, and chair of the accounting and taxation department. Dr. Martin also spent five years in the Provost's Office and was Executive Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs when she left to join UM-Dearborn.

Dr. Martin has years of Michigan state government experience having served as:

  • assistant auditor general,
  • deputy state treasurer for the Bureau of Local Government Services for Michigan,
  • commissioner of revenue,
  • chair of the Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority for 21 years, and
  • ex-officio representative for Gov. Granholm on The Detroit Medical Center Financial Emergency Task Force in 2003-2004.

At the Federal level, she served on the Internal Revenue Service Commissioners Advisory Council from 2002-2004 and the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Council from 1998-2000.

Dr. Martin is a member of the boards of directors of the Michigan Educational Trust as well as Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization that seeks to bring businesses to the Ann Arbor area. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. in business/accounting and MBA from Michigan State University, and earned a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University. She is married to Dr. Larry Martin, professor of economics at Michigan State University, and has three children and four grandchildren.

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