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Marty Martin

Biographical Summary

Earl F. “Marty” Martin is the 13th president of Drake University and assumed the office on July 1, 2015. An accomplished academic administrator, teacher, and legal scholar, Martin joined Drake following 10 years at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

The Drake University Board of Trustees identified President Martin as an engaged leader who brings to Drake a passionate commitment to the liberal arts and professional education; experience enhancing diversity; a deep understanding of excellent teaching, learning, and scholarship; a collaborative leadership style; and a vision for positioning the University to thrive in challenging times.

President Martin served as executive vice president at Gonzaga University from 2010 to 2015. In this role, he was a key member of the senior leadership team and was responsible for administrative, operational, and support services, including the Office of Admissions, Student Financial Services, Information Technology Services, and Human Resources. He led Gonzaga’s strategic planning process, linking the university’s mission and vision to its strategic goals through well-defined performance measures. He also provided strategic direction and oversight to the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Services, helping Gonzaga achieve overall success in undergraduate enrollment and retention through the recent economic downturn and subsequent recovery.

From July 2009 to July 2010, President Martin was acting academic vice president with responsibility for all academic programs, including the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Professional Studies. He also oversaw the university’s international academic programs and created the Center for Global Engagement to coordinate and support all global outreach at Gonzaga.

Previously, President Martin served as the dean of the School of Law, a standalone academic unit with more than 80 employees providing academic and support services to more than 500 students on a budget of approximately $15 million. During his time at the law school, he worked with law faculty to revise the curriculum to enhance its quality and allow for more experiential learning opportunities, increased the academic profile and diversity of incoming students, and expanded international partnerships with law schools in Brazil, China, and South Korea.

President Martin spent eight years (1997–2005) as a professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and served as associate dean for academic affairs for his final two years. As associate dean, he was responsible for ensuring compliance with American Bar Association accreditation standards and oversaw faculty support, adjunct faculty hiring and training, the externship program, and student records. In the classroom, he taught criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and seminars on the death penalty and law and psychology.

Prior to beginning his academic career, President Martin served for eight years as an active-duty U.S. Air Force staff judge advocate officer in England, Germany, and the United States. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007 after serving an additional 12 years in the Air Force Reserves.

President Martin looks forward to bringing a commitment to community engagement to his work as president of Drake University. While at Texas Wesleyan, he served the Fort Worth community as a presenter, moderator, and committee and board member and established a short-course program in art law in cooperation with the four leading art museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As Gonzaga’s law dean, President Martin was heavily involved in multiple bar associations, and he worked in a variety of markets to create new externship, internship, and employment opportunities for students and graduates. Throughout his time in Spokane, he took on significant leadership roles in the community, serving as the chair of the City of Spokane’s Use of Force Commission, as president of the Saint George’s School Board, and as vice-chair of the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County.

President Martin holds a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky and an LL.M. from Yale University School of Law. He is married to Laura Martin and they are the parents of Cade and Case. 

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August 17, 2018
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a special lecture to approximately 350 Drake Law students, faculty, and staff on Aug. 16.