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HAYS, Kan. -- Today,
the Kansas Board of Regents announced Dr. Mirta Martin as the ninth president
of Fort Hays State University. The Board voted to approve the appointment and
officially introduced the new president during a special meeting in the Fort
Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. Martin will begin her
presidency on July 1.
"Selecting a president
is about identifying the person that fits the university. In assessing the
candidates, we focused on who would embrace and enhance the traditions and
achievements of Fort Hays State University," said Fred Logan, chair of the
Regents. "The Kansas Board of Regents is fully supportive of this new president
and the direction she will lead Fort Hays State University into the future."
Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.
(first name pronounced MEER-tah), has served as dean of the Reginald F. Lewis
School of Business at Virginia State University since 2009. She has also held
various higher education leadership positions throughout her career such as
special assistant to the chancellor, executive vice president and associate dean,
among other positions. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth
University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of
Richmond, Richmond, Va., and a Bachelor of Science from Duke University.
"The future of
the nation lies in the pursuit of academic excellence," said Martin.
"Progress is not possible without vision, leadership, and trust. As your
president, my priority is to enable you to become your best self."
She continued, "I
believe my selection as president is an affirmation of the Regents’ and Fort
Hays State University’s commitment to entrepreneurial leadership, opportunity,
diversity, and innovation.”
"Dr. Mirta Martin
is the personification of the American dream," said Logan. "She has
been successful in every challenge she has ever faced. She will be successful
at Fort Hays State University."
Following the Board's
announcement, Martin and her husband, John, were introduced to members of the
FHSU and Hays communities during a reception.
The announcement of
Martin comes after five months of work by the FHSU Presidential Search
Committee. Members of the committee received public recognition for their efforts.
"A special thank
you to the members of the FHSU Presidential Search Committee," said Logan.
"These individuals made a commitment to help the board find the best
candidates from around the nation to lead this fine institution and we
recognize that commitment today in naming the ninth president of Fort Hays
For more information,
contact Breeze Richardson at 785-291-3969 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Fort Hays State University Office
of University Relations at 785-628-4206 or email@example.com.
About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s
six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public
higher education institutions (seven public universities, 19 community colleges
and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s
student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education
programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to
operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a program for
facilitating and promoting distance learning and telemedicine in schools,
libraries and hospitals. Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at