Monday, July 15, 2024

W&M’s Vice President for Strategy & Innovation Tapped as President at Florida Southern College

Jeremy P. Martin (Photo by Stephen Salpukas/William & Mary)

WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary announced Jeremy P. Martin, its vice president for strategy and innovation, has been selected as the next president of Florida Southern College, Florida’s oldest private college.

During his 16 years at William & Mary, the university said Martin has held a number of leadership positions, including chief of staff and interim director of athletics, and helped develop the university’s Vision 2026 strategic plan.

He begins at Florida Southern on Aug. 1.

“William & Mary is a stronger, more strategic and more welcoming university thanks to Jeremy Martin,” said W&M President Katherine A. Rowe. “Dr. Martin is the type of ethical, mission-driven champion higher education needs to meet this moment of rapid transformation. Alma Mater proudly and gratefully celebrates him as he takes the helm at Florida Southern.”

As vice president, Martin has had coordinating responsibility for the university’s admission, marketing and communications offices, according to William & Mary. In that role, he advanced institutional advancement strategies, with an emphasis on attracting applicants, encouraging engagement and philanthropy and strengthening the university’s overall visibility in line with its mission.

Rowe said she will be working in the coming days with leadership of Martin’s reporting units to develop short- and long-term organizational plans.

“William & Mary has been an incredible home to our family for more than 15 years. So many people here have given me opportunities to grow and learn, and I hope that I have followed their example in doing the same for others,” said Martin. “As excited as we are for the opportunity at Florida Southern College and the community there, we know that Williamsburg will always have special meaning to us. The friendships built here will be lifelong.”

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern has an enrollment of 2,700 undergraduates and 600 graduate students. Its athletics teams have won 30 NCAA Division II national championships. The original Lakeland campus, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

“With a background in academic administration and a proven track record of enhancing the student experience and institutional growth, Dr. Martin is uniquely qualified to lead our college into a new era of excellence,” Robert L. Fryer, Jr., chair of Florida Southern Board of Trustees, said in the college’s formal announcement. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Martin and his family to FSC and look forward to working with him as he guides us forward.”

Martin received a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University. He also earned two degrees from William & Mary: a doctorate in educational policy, planning and leadership in 2012 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2017.

He began working at the university with a series of graduate assistantships before becoming assistant to the president and provost in 2012. Martin would go on to hold a number of key positions at the university. Throughout his time at William & Mary, Martin also taught classes in the W&M School of Education. In 2022, Martin became vice president for strategy and innovation.

In 2021, the university recognized Martin’s work with the Shirley Aceto Award, which honors excellence in service to the campus community.

W&M Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates said Florida Southern is getting an incredible leader.

“Dr. Martin is an extraordinary strategic thinker and planner, a skilled administrator, and a terrific team-builder,” Gates said. “Speaking personally, I will miss Jeremy’s always positive demeanor, his great good humor and his willingness to tackle any challenge.”

Read the full announcement at W&M News.

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