Office Of The President


Dr. Sean L. Huddleston



Dr. Sean L. Huddleston currently serves as the 5th President of Martin University. Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Huddleston’s career in higher education focused on leading institutional efforts that create conditions of success for nontraditional students and those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved.

Office of the President

Martin University

2186 North Sherman Dr.

Indianapolis, IN 46218

P: 317 917-3671

F: 317 543-3262



Meeting and Speaking Engagement Requests

To request a meeting or the president’s attendance at an event, please contact Karen Thorp by e-mail at, or by phone at 317 917-3671.

President's Bio

Dr. Sean L. Huddleston began his presidency as Martin University’s 5th president on March 25, 2019. Dr. Huddleston’s entire career in higher education has been focused on leading institutional efforts that create conditions of success for nontraditional students and those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved. Prior to joining Martin University, Dr. Huddleston served as the inaugural Vice President and Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the University of Indianapolis. In this role, Dr. Huddleston led system-wide efforts that enhanced institutional excellence through the design, implementation, and assessment of institutional diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives.


Dr. Huddleston held similar roles at Framingham State University and Grand Valley State University and has taught various courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Dr. Huddleston's educational experiences have focused on non-traditional, adult learners in higher education. As a returning adult student, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) from Siena Heights University. He later earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Adult and Higher Education and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership degree from Grand Valley University. Dr. Huddleston completed his doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University. Dr. Huddleston has also received professional certifications from Cornell University and Dartmouth College.


The administrative offices of Martin University are charged with helping to advance the university's mission and goals. These organizational units provide day-to-day management of the University's financial, physical and human resources, and are overseen by vice presidents and directors who report directly to the Office of the President.

Martin University President's Cabinet
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Dr. Mattie Jones

Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs


Bill Newel

Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration

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Ezell Marrs lll, MM, SPHR

Vice President, Corporate Partnerships


Carol Branson

Vice President of Information Technology

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Dr. Kristie S. Johnson, CFRE

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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John E. Girton, Jr.

Vice President of Marketing, Communications, & External Relations

Board of Trustees

Martin University is governed by its Board of Trustees and the Office of the President. The board of trustees is charged with legal authority, control, and responsibility for governance of the university in the areas of institutional mission, planning, fiscal affairs, and related activities that support the Martin University and its strategic initiatives. Learn More

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

The Martin University 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, titled “Mission-Driven, Future-Focused”, will involve an inclusive process for developing institutional goals, strategies, and metrics to position Martin for stability and growth as we approach the university’s 50th anniversary in 2027. We believe that the Martin University 2019-2024 Strategic Plan should focus on four important areas:

Teaching, Learning & Academic Excellence

Strategies that promote innovative teaching and learning practices; engaging students with an increasing emphasis on applied experiential learning and career readiness; faculty growth and excellence; and strengthening academic program offerings while emphasizing academic excellence.

Enrollment & Student Success

Strategies and initiatives that result in increased enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students and increased rates of student retention, persistence and completion.

Operational Efficiency & Growth

Innovative and progressive strategies that result in improved operational and financial performance, more efficient institutional facilities and processes, and advancement in our technology infrastructure.

Brand, Reputation & Indentity

Mission-driven strategies and initiatives that will advance Martin University's market position, messaging, credibility, and role as a community anchor. 

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