Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 as she talks with Dr. Robert Martin, board member of the American Indian College Fund. In 2010 he received the American Indian College Fund’s Tribal College President of the Year Award. The College Fund 2013 Gala will be held in Minneapolis on Thursday, October 10th. The Fund was established in 1989 and since then has acquired over $68m in assets (2011 annual report). This will be a fascinating conversation about the Fund, the Gala and the work Dr. Martin is doing in Indian Country.
Robert Martin is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and received his Doctorate from the University of Kansas.On July 1, 2007, he began his tenure as President of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Prior to coming to IAIA, Dr. Martin was the Associate Head for the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Martin has extensive experience in higher education both as a faculty member and as an administrator. He served as President of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico for eight years before assuming the presidency at Haskell Indian Nations University. Under his guidance, Haskell made the transition from junior college to a university offering baccalaureate programs. Prior to returning to the University of Arizona, Dr. Martin served as the President of Tohono O’odham Community College. During his tenure, the College achieved accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association, and was designated as a 1994 Land Grant Institution by the United States Congress.