HAYS, Kan. -- A national magazine that focuses on diversity
published a two-page spread in its summer edition about Dr. Mirta M. Martin's
selection as the ninth president of Fort Hays State University.
Martin was born in Cuba. As a young child, she escaped with
her grandmother and a sister to Spain, where she grew up, and eventually the
family made their way to the United States. With her exposure to a variety of
cultures and the ability to speak four languages, she was an obvious choice to
be featured in the national magazine, Racing Toward Diversity, which is
published in Cary, N.C.
The story, which relates Dr. Martin's appointment by the
Kansas Board of Regents, originally appeared in the High Plains Journal of
Dodge City. The story was written by Larry Dreiling, senior field editor for
the Journal and also an FHSU alumnus and an instructor of informatics on the
Dr. Martin, who officially began her duties on July 1, said
the national story "is a reminder to anyone that achieving the American
dream is possible."
said diversity is not just about gender or ethnicity. "It is about
diversity of thought," she explained. "The wealth that is achieved
through the strength of our different viewpoints is what makes this great
nation of ours unique and strong."