Fort Hays State University names new president

Dr. Mirta Martin shakes hands with the crowd after being named the new president of Fort Hays State University. (Courtesy: Fort Hays State University)
Dr. Mirta Martin shakes hands with the crowd after being named the new president of Fort Hays State University. (Courtesy: Fort Hays State University)

HAYS, Kansas – The Kansas Board of Regents announced Dr. Mirta Martin as the ninth president of Fort Hays State University 

She 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.”

Dr. Mirta Martin speaks to the crowd after being named the new president of Fort Hays State University. (Courtesy: Fort Hays State University)
Dr. Mirta Martin speaks to the crowd after being named the new president of Fort Hays State University. (Courtesy: Fort Hays State University)

Dr. Mirta M. Martin currently serves as dean of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State 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.”

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.

Martin was one of five finalists for the job. She will succeed Ed Hammond, who will retire at the end of a June.

Hammond led Fort Hays State since 1987 and is the longest-serving current president or chancellor in the state university system.

You can visit Dr. Martin’s candidate information page for more details.

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