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May 14 , 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Regents appoint Martin as first female president of EMU

YPSILANTI — The Board of Regents voted unanimously today to name Dr. Susan Martin as the next president of Eastern Michigan University.

Martin, 57, is the first woman to be president of EMU and the 22nd president in the history of the University.

Sue Martin

Susan Martin, Ph.D.

“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.

“The Board is extremely satisfied with the entire presidential search process and the selection of Dr. Martin,” said Thomas Sidlik, chair of the Board of Regents.

She will officially take office July 7. Details of her contract are being finalized.

Since July 2006, Martin has been provost and vice-chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

The majority of Martin’s higher education career was at Grand Valley State University, where she taught and published as 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 provost’s office and served in roles as assistant, associate, and executive associate vice president of academic affairs.

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 1985-1988.

Martin is chair of the State of Michigan Hospital Finance Authority, originally appointed by former Gov. Blanchard and then reappointed by Governors Engler and Granholm. She also was appointed by Gov. Granholm to serve as her ex-officio representative on The Detroit Medical Center Financial Emergency Task Force in 2003-2004.

Martin received her doctorate in accounting from Michigan State University in 1988 and her master’s degree in accounting from MSU in 1976. She received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1971.

Martin is married and has three children.

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