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Nov. 11, 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
ward.mullens@emich.edu 734.487.4400

Eastern Michigan University presidential inauguration set for Nov. 20

YPSILANTI — Dr. Susan W. Martin will be invested as the 22nd president of Eastern Michigan University during inaugural ceremonies Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11:00 a.m., in Pease Auditorium. She is the first female president at EMU in its 159-year history.

Martin, 58, officially took office July 7, after being appointed to the post by the EMU Board of Regents in May. Prior to her appointment, she served as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 2006.

The inauguration will feature remarks by Chairman of the Board of Regents Thomas Sidlik and Dr. Richard N. Robb, who served on the board from Dec. 1967 – Dec. 1992.

A campus and community-wide reception will immediately follow at the EMU Student Center.

Martin has an extensive background both in education and government. The majority of her higher education career was at Grand Valley State University, where she taught and published as professor of accounting and taxation. While at Grand Valley, she 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.

Prior to Grand Valley State, Martin was deputy state treasurer for the Bureau of Local Government Services for Michigan, and she served as commissioner of revenue for the state of Michigan.

Martin is currently chair of the State of Michigan Hospital Finance Authority. She was originally appointed to the hospital finance authority by former Gov. James Blanchard and then reappointed by Governors John Engler and Jennifer 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 Ph.D. and MBA in accounting from Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.


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