Dr. Martin began her career in the banking industry where she ascended to the role of Senior Vice President before transitioning to a life and career in higher education. As a full time, tenured faculty member at Averett University in Richmond Virginia, she was named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year and briefly served as Interim Dean/Regional Director.
At the University of Richmond she served as Associate Dean for the Robins School of Business and Executive Director for the Management Institute where she developed and implemented the trademarked miniMBA™, spearheaded a successful financial turnaround of an executive education division and attracted award-winning faculty.
She spent time as a Special Assistant to the President, Executive Vice President and Executive Director for John Tyler Community College before becoming Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.
Dr. Martin became the first female Hispanic Dean of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009 as the Dean and Professor of Management for the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University. In 2012, the program was named the Best Business Program in the Nation among 108 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In 2014, she was named President of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where she increased enrollment and retention, established programs to facilitate and encourage international experience, developed the Doctoral of Nurse Practice program, and launched the Hispanic College Institute — a program that received the 2017 National Outstanding New Program Award from the NASPA.
Currently, Dr. Martin serves as a Presidential Consultant to Kansas Board of Regents and Fort Hays State University. She also serves as the Senior Education Adviser to former Mexican President Vicente Fox and a Senior Scholar for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
Martin is a sought-after professional and lends her expertise to a variety of boards, including but not limited to serving as a trustee and past president for the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN), director for Racing Toward Diversity Magazine Advisory Board, AACSB BizEd Advisory Council, and the International Association of Universities (IAU), a UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions that brings together some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns.
Additionally, she serves as a Managing Director for the Kirchner Group, a firm founded on two fundamental premises: every business can be improved and every business should improve the world. She also served as a Trustee of the State Board for Community Colleges of Virginia and the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC).
Throughout Dr. Martin’s career she has been a transformational leader, setting aggressive and innovative goals and meeting them. To read more about Dr. Martin’s career, visit the CV page