Dr. Huddleston Named 2022 Achievement in Education Award Recipient

Updated: Jul 13

July 13, 2022

Martin University President Dr. Sean Huddleston was honored for his exceptional efforts in education by Eric J. Holcomb at the Governor’s Awards Reception, held at the Indiana Convention Center in conjunction with the 51st Indiana Black Expo (IBE) Summer Celebration yesterday afternoon.

The reception acknowledged the outstanding achievements of African Americans throughout the state. The Governor’s Awards are sponsored by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and the Indiana Department of Administration.

As part of the presentation, Huddleston’s long and successful career in higher education at a variety of institutions across the country was highlighted. This includes his focus on leading institutional efforts that create conditions of success for nontraditional students and those who have been underrepresented and underserved historically.

Also mentioned was Huddleston’s steadfast leadership at Martin University which has made a tremendous impact through initiatives that have increased new student enrollment, improved student retention, and improved the university’s finances through a new diversified revenue model.

A student was quoted as saying, “You could feel and see everyone wanting to work hard based on how much faith he had in the students… Despite the odds that were once set against us all, he believed and knew we would beat them.” It was said that his efforts to improve the quality of education, access to resources, and the financial development of the university have had a major impact on students and will leave a legacy for future generations.

The awards recognize some of Indiana’s unsung heroes who have made significant contributions to increasing collaboration and understanding between all Hoosiers. Remarks were made by the Governor as part of the Indiana Black Expo’s Minority Business Conference.