High Point University hires Don Martin

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High Point University

HIGH POINT, N.C. (Winston-Saelm Journal) — High Point University has hired Superintendent Don Martin of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to teach in the university’s new doctoral program in educational leadership, beginning in August.

Martin will retire in June after serving 19 years as superintendent. The district’s school board is accepting applications for the superintendent’s job until Thursday. School officials plan to hire the next superintendent in April.

Martin will teach courses in educational leadership that focus on district-level leadership, including strategic planning for 21st-century schools, the university said.

Martin’s title will be professor of education, and he will teach two courses every semester, said Martin and Pam Hearns, a university spokeswoman. The first group of students in the program began last fall, and they are educators and administrators working in school districts.

Martin said that the program is flexible with a mixture of online and face-to-face instruction.

“I see my role as assembling and designing simulation experiences so that graduates are prepared to deal with the pace and diversity of the superintendent’s position,” Martin said. “I also look forward to being able to write some about the leadership challenges that superintendents face.”

In the past three years, Martin has taught classes in educational leadership at Gardner-Webb University, he said.

“I was energized by that work and really enjoyed catching up on some of the books and articles used in administrator training programs today,” Martin said.

Mariam Tilley, High Point University’s dean of its School of Education, said that Martin is an experienced educator and administrative leader.

“He will contribute immensely to the mission of our doctoral program which is to equip future educators to be leaders in solving problems of practice,”

Last year, Martin was named the 2011 Superintendent of the Year by the N.C. Association of School Administrators.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in teaching from Duke University. He also has a master’s degree in education and math from Duke, and a doctorate of education from the University of Kentucky. He started his career in education as a math and physics teacher in Wilkes County from 1973 to 1977.

Donny Lambeth, the former chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, said that Martin will contribute to the expanding academic programs at High Point University.

“He is well prepared with his educational experience to help prepare students for their careers in education,” said Lambeth, who was elected in November to the N.C. House District 75th seat. “This opportunity will allow him to have a more balanced lifestyle, yet make a significant contribution in one of America’s fastest growing academic institutions.”

Source: Winston-Salem Journal