Presidential finalist Michael Martin to visit University of Nebraska Dec. 9-12

November 24, 2014

Dr. Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System and one of four finalists for the University of Nebraska presidency, will visit Nebraska Dec. 9-12, NU announced today.

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Martin’s visit will include stops at each NU campus, where he will participate in forums open to all university faculty, staff and students and members of the news media and public; an interview with the full Board of Regents that will be open to the public; and meetings with other key university constituents including agricultural leaders, donors and other community leaders.

Members of the media, university community and all Nebraskans are invited to the following opportunities to interact with Martin and hear about his vision for the university. Following the visit, the Board of Regents invites Nebraskans to submit their feedback via an online form available at

  • Tuesday, Dec. 9
    3 p.m.: UNO campus forum
    Location: Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room

    4 p.m.: Media availability
    Location: Milo Bail Student Center, Ak-sar-ben Room

  • Wednesday, Dec. 10
    10:30 a.m.: UNMC campus forum
    Location: Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, Room 1005

    3 p.m. UNK campus forum
    Location: Nebraskan Student Union, Ponderosa E

    4 p.m.: Media availability
    Location: Nebraskan Student Union, 2nd floor/Southwest Lounge

  • Thursday, Dec. 11
    9:30 a.m.: Interview with the Board of Regents
    Location: Varner Hall Board Room, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln

    3 p.m.: UNL campus forum
    Location: Nebraska Union Auditorium, City Campus
    (Note: This forum will be recorded and made available for viewing on the NU website following visits by all four presidential finalists, so that those unable to attend any of the public opportunities may hear Martin’s presentation and share their feedback.)

    4 p.m.: Media availability
    Location: Nebraksa Union, Regency B&C, City Campus

Martin was named chancellor of the Colorado State University System in 2012. Based in Denver, the chancellor is the chief executive officer of the CSU System, responsible for working with the Board of Governors to lead the system’s operations, set legislative strategy, serve as the primary spokesperson and increase engagement among alumni, donors and the business community.

Prior to joining the CSU System, Martin served as campus chancellor of Louisiana State University and A&M College. Before serving at LSU, he was president of New Mexico State University. Before arriving at NMSU in 2004, Martin served as vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, leading the university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with more than 3,000 employees statewide. He began his academic career at Oregon State University as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

A native of Crosby, Minn., Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics and a master’s degree in economics at Mankato State College (Minnesota State University). He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. His areas of specialization are prices, international trade, public policy, transportation and business logistics.

Martin’s photo and curriculum vitae are attached.

Media Contact:
Melissa Lee
Director of Communications,
University of Nebraska