Susan Martin, executive associate vice president for academic affairs at Grand Valley State University, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn.

April 18, 2006


DEARBORN / April 18, 2006---Susan Martin, currently executive associate vice president for academic affairs at Grand Valley State University, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Pending approval by the U-M Regents, Martin’s five-year appointment at UM-Dearborn will begin July 1.

“Professor Martin has an outstanding record of accomplishments in a variety of academic and public service leadership positions,” according to UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little. “I am looking forward to working with her during what will surely be an exciting time as we work to achieve the strategic vision we share for the future of the campus.”

In addition to her administrative position at Grand Valley, Martin is professor of accounting and taxation, and she will be professor of accounting in the UM-Dearborn School of Management.

“I am delighted and honored to be joining Chancellor Little and the vibrant campus community at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” Martin said. “I love the rich and diverse urban setting of the campus and found the faculty, staff and students to be both warm and welcoming. This is a fine metropolitan university that is student-centered with pride in academic excellence.

“There are difficult economic issues facing the state of Michigan, its public universities, and the southeastern Michigan region,” Martin said. “UM-Dearborn is poised to be a leader in finding answers to these challenges. I am eager to get to know the faculty and staff and to work with them to increase student enrollment and engagement, deepen academic excellence, and serve our larger regional and global communities.”

Before joining Grand Valley in 1988, Martin worked for the state government as commissioner of revenue, deputy state treasurer and assistant auditor general. She also has served five consecutive terms as chair of the State of Michigan Hospital Finance Authority.

A native of Michigan, Martin earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, and both a Ph.D. and an MBA in accounting from Michigan State University. She has been a certified public accountant since 1978.

At Grand Valley, Martin has coordinated the master of science in taxation program, directed international business programs, and taught a wide range of courses in governmental and non-profit accounting and taxation. She has published a number of articles on issues in accounting and taxation, and co-authored a textbook titled “Today’s Essentials of Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Reporting.”

Martin also has participated in several international academic conferences and has taught and led study-abroad programs in Poland and the United Kingdom.

At UM-Dearborn, Martin will replace Robert L. Simpson, who has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn since 1991. Simpson will be returning to the faculty as professor of biology.


High resolution photo of Susan Martin 


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