Martin stepping down as chancellor of Colorado State University System

DENVER — Michael V. Martin will step down as chancellor of the Colorado State University System March 1 and transition to part-time status as chancellor emeritus and senior fellow.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin

The CSU System’s board of governors announced Monday that it accepted a proposal from Martin that will allow him to continue to be based in Denver and focus on issues related to the future of public higher education, collegiate athletics, agriculture, Native American programs and leveraging the mission of land-grant institutions.

Specifics will be finalized with the board in consultation with the presidents of the system’s institutions – CSU in Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Global Campus in Greenwood Village, which offers online degrees.

The board is finalizing its plan for filling the chancellor role and will announce details before Martin steps down March 1.

“For both personal and professional reasons, it’s time for me to wind down my long career in higher education,” Martin said in a prepared statement. “This arrangement will allow me to continue to serve the CSU System by focusing on issues that I care deeply about. I sincerely appreciate the board’s willingness to allow me to participate in shaping the future of the CSU System and its campuses on a significant but more limited basis.”

Martin has had a long career in higher education and was named chancellor of the CSU System in May 2012. Before joining the CSU System, he was campus chancellor at Louisiana State University, and prior to that he was president of New Mexico State University. Over the last 40 years, he has served as an academic leader dedicated to the land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension service.

“We’re tremendously grateful to Mike for his service to the CSU System,” said Dorothy Horrell, chairwoman of the CSU System’s board of governors. “He has been a tireless advocate for each of the system’s three campuses and a strong voice for innovation and collaboration within Colorado higher education.”

In 2007, Martin received the Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Award, named after the author of the bill creating land-grant universities, which honors outstanding service on behalf of the land-grant mission. Only six individuals have been designated to receive this award since it was first given in 1980.