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Martin named new FHSU president

5/2/2014

By DIANE GASPER-OBRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Mirta Martin is the new president at Fort Hays State University.

Martin, the first woman president in FHSU history, was selected by the Kansas Board of Regents by unanimous vote at a Friday morning regents meeting on the FHSU campus. 

The ninth president of FHSU, Martin will succeed Edward Hammond, who will retire from the presidency in June. Hammond, who will celebrate his 70th birthday Sunday, is the longest-serving president in FHSU’s 112-year history, with 27 years of service.

Martin was one of five finalists brought to the FHSU campus during a three-week period in March and April, then traveled to Topeka for an interview with the regents Thursday.

A native of Cuba who came to America as a youngster. Martin currently is dean of the School of Business at Virginia State University in Petersburg and will take over at FHSU on July 1.

Martin and her husband, John, are the parents of two grown children,

The other four finalists were Tisa Mason, vice president for student affairs at FHSU; Gregory Mosier, dean of the business school at the University of Nevada-Reno; Michael Droge, president of Park University in Parkville, Mo.; and Tom Jackson IV, vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville (Ky.).

Jackson earlier this week was named president of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.