About President Susan Work Martin, Ph.D.
President Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Susan Martin is the first female president in EMU's 165-year history.
Since arriving at Eastern in 2008, President Martin has placed a high priority on maintaining excellent, accessible, affordable education. Building a better future for Michigan will require the best efforts of everyone at Eastern to produce tomorrow's leaders, executives, health professionals, teachers, problem-solvers and entrepreneurs.
Just a few of the highlights of President Martin's administration to date:
- Groundbreaking, construction and opening of the $90 million Science Complex, the largest capital project in EMU's history
- The $42 million renovation of Pray-Harrold, the University's largest classroom building
- Tuition restraint: Eastern has the lowest dollar tuition increase in the state of Michigan over the last six years. This effort included the 0-0-0 initiative of holding tuition and fees, room and board to a 0% increase for academic year 2010-2011.
- Strong enrollment growth for four consecutive years, including the Honors College, which has nearly doubled in enrollment since 2011, and which enrolled its largest freshman class ever in the fall of 2014.
- Raised the academic profile of Eastern's student body, with the average high school GPA of entering freshman rising from 3.05 in the fall of 2010 to 3.27 for the fall 2014 class. The average ACT score has also risen, from 21.1 in 2011 to 22.25 for the entering fall 2014 freshman class.
- Improvements in student academic support services, such as an increase in advising staff, and opening of the Francine Parker Advising Center, a special drop-in facility in the EMU Student Center to complement EMU's main advising office in McKenny Hall.
- Increased economic support of students, with financial aid growth of 100 percent over last seven years, to a total of $43.8 million for FY15.
- Launch of new academic programs in high-demand areas, such as the Physician Assistant Program, which began in spring 2014.
- Enhanced safety and security, including construction and opening of new headquarters for the EMU Department of Public Safety; addition of new police officers; installation of more than 500 surveillance cameras and increased campus lighting; expanded police patrols in areas surrounding campus; and increased collaboration with Ypsilanti Police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.
- Successful completion of the $50 million "Invest. Inspire." comprehensive fundraising campaign.
- Leadership in EMU's strategic planning process.