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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents unanimously extended the contract of President Susan Martin for one year and gave her a raise.

Martin — who has led EMU since 2008 as the university's first female president — will serve through July 2016.

Starting Nov. 1, she will earn a $340,000 salary — a 13.3 percent increase from her current $300,000 pay.

"President Martin has provided stable leadership since she arrived in 2008 and there have been many positive accomplishments," said Board of Regents Chair Francine Parker. "We appreciate President Martin's service and by taking this action nine months ahead of the expiration of her contract, we are affirming our support for her and the leadership team."

Martin is EMU's longest-serving president since William Shelton served 11 years, mostly during the 1990s.

Her term has been marked by enrollment gains, a successful fundraising campaign and several building projects. Eastern also has led the state in tuition restraint during her reign, according to officials.

But there was some controversy in 2012, when the regents sent her a letter and told her that she must address her alcohol consumption in public or risk termination.

EMU also has faced dissent from some faculty members about the school's involvement with the state-run Education Achievement Authority and concerns about security on and around campus after a series of violent crimes against students, including the slayings of Julia Niswender in 2012 and football player Demarius Reed in 2013.

"I love Eastern Michigan University and its students," Martin said. "I am honored to serve this great, historic public university in its 165th year and continue to build on the positive momentum we have established together with the Board of Regents, our faculty and our staff, since 2008."

kkozlowski@detroitnews.com

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