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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.
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2186 North Sherman Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46218
P: 317 917-3671
F: 317 543-3262
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Dr. Sean L. Huddleston became the fifth president of Martin University on March 19, 2019. He brings over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI).
Dr. Huddleston is widely recognized as a servant-leader. His focus on the student as a whole-individual, dedication to the well-being and career development of the university’s faculty and staff, commitment to building and sustaining relationships with local, regional, and national employers, and a clear definition of community beyond geographical boundaries, guide his vision for Martin University as a purveyor, overseer, and accelerator of collective impact.
As a testament to his belief that “Education is the most fundamental of all civil rights,” under his guidance, the university has experienced an increase in new student enrollment, improved retention, and graduation rates, expanded its academic programs, and achieved continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The university has also increasingly developed partnerships with many of Indiana’s largest employers.
Dr. Huddleston led the development of Martin University’s five-year strategic plan - “Mission Driven, Future Focused” - a planning and implementation process culminating in 2027 when the university will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Later in 2022, the university will unveil its first master plan in a decade.
Through Dr. Huddleston’s leadership, Martin University founded the National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, targeted at businesses and nonprofits in Indiana to assist their leaders and the surrounding communities in strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, the Martin WORKS apprenticeship program, Indiana’s only urban work college program, was created to allow university students working with local employers to have the opportunity to earn compensation while solidifying a permanent position with that employer before graduation.
Before being named President and Chief Executive Office of Martin University, Dr. Huddleston served as Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Indianapolis. Before that, he was Chief Officer of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. He also served as an Assistant Vice President at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan.
While at the University of Indianapolis, Dr. Huddleston was instrumental in creating The Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program, designed to inspire student growth in four key areas - academic excellence, career readiness, leadership development, and personal growth. At Framingham State University, he was responsible for creating the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE), a center focused on student groups historically underrepresented in higher education, and the CIE’s Brother to Brother program, a program developed to support and inspire the educational, professional, and social success of men and women of color.
Along with other distinguished recipients, Dr. Huddleston was honored to receive the 2022 Achievement in Education Award from Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb at the Governor’s Awards Reception. The reception acknowledged the outstanding achievements of African Americans throughout the state.
He has served on the boards of First Financial Bank, Greater Indiana Progress Committee, Indiana Economic Development Club, Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy-King Memorial Initiative, Newfields, and the Red Cross of Indiana.
Dr. Huddleston 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 from Grand Valley University. Dr. Huddleston completed his doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University (Ed.D.) and has received professional certifications from Cornell University and Dartmouth College.
Dr. Huddleston is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Alpha Eta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
His proudest and most notable accomplishments are being a loving husband and the father of three sons, whom he adores.
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
Dr. Mattie Jones
Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Ezell Marrs lll, MM, SPHR
Vice President, Corporate Partnerships
Dr. Kristie S. Johnson, CFRE
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
John E. Girton, Jr.
Vice President of Marketing, Communications, & External Relations
Dr. Michael A. Couch, II
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
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 the governance of the university in the areas of institutional mission, planning, fiscal affairs, and related activities that support 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 resulting in improved operational and financial performance, more efficient institutional facilities and processes, and advancement in our technology infrastructure.
Brand, Reputation & Identity
Mission-driven strategies and initiatives that will advance Martin University's market position, messaging, credibility, and role as a community anchor.