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Dr. Mirta Martin to begin her FHSU presidency on July 1
Board of Regents names new president in special meeting on Fort Hays State University campus
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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 State University.”
For more information, contact Breeze Richardson at 785-291-3969 or, or the Fort Hays State University Office of University Relations at 785-628-4206 or
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