Campus message from Office of the President

March 31, 2015

Dear students, faculty and staff:

At our University Strategic Plan and Financial Update today, I announced that after seven years as President I will be moving on to the next chapter of my life, effective July 7, 2015 (my seven-year anniversary as President). I look forward to a productive one-year sabbatical before assuming the tenured position of Full Professor in the EMU Department of Accounting and Finance in the College of Business in fall 2016.

In December, I started thinking about what I want to accomplish with the rest of my career – what is the next chapter? It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President but it is time to move forward with my life to new challenges and opportunities.

I have enjoyed serving this great historic University since I started at Eastern in 2008. That was a troubled time and together, we have accomplished many great things. The University is poised for future success with a great leadership team that is quite seasoned and capable. I have enjoyed working with so many talented and passionate people who, together, have worked to achieve our goals. It has been a very intense, but meaningful and rewarding seven years for me.

Because of your input and a renewed focus on the EMU experience, we have accomplished much to benefit our students and campus community, including:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the main advising office in McKenny Hall.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional details of the announcement can be found in the news release at:

I look forward to spending time over the next several months with our wonderful students, faculty and staff.


Dr. Susan Martin