by Geoff Larcom, Published January 31, 2011
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin has been named to the board of directors of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, which provides governance for five area health care facilities.
Those include Chelsea Community Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Joseph Mercy Saline and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.
The Ann Arbor complex is located on Huron River Drive, about a mile from Eastern Michigan's main campus.
"I am very pleased to be asked to serve on the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Board of Directors," Martin said. "Saint Joseph plays a central role in health care in our county and in the region. I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve such an important and vital organization that is Eastern's neighbor."
Martin joined Eastern in July 2008 as the University's 22nd president and its first woman president. Prior to Eastern, she served as provost and vice-chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2006-08.
Before that, she 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, chair of the accounting and taxation department, and was Executive Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs when she left to join UM-Dearborn.
Martin's financial experience in health care includes serving more than 20 years as chair of the Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority (appointed by Governors Blanchard, Engler and Granholm), as ex-officio representative for Gov. Granholm on The Detroit Medical Center Financial Emergency Task Force, and as chair of the Spectrum Health Finance Advisory Committee. She also served as deputy state treasurer for the Bureau of Local Government Services for Michigan and as the State of Michigan commissioner of revenue.
She is also a member of the boards of directors of the Michigan Educational Trust and of Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization bringing businesses to the Ann Arbor area. Like the Saint Joseph Mercy Board, those positions are not compensated.
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 two grandchildren.