Ex-EMU president to be interim leader at San Jose State

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Former Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin has been appointed interim president of San Jose State University, officials announced Thursday.

Martin, who stepped down last week after seven years at the helm of EMU, will pick up the reins of the California university on Aug. 18. She will replace San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi, who is leaving to serve as the chief adviser for infrastructure and technology to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

“Susan’s background and leadership style is a perfect fit for San Jose State,” Chancellor Timothy White said. “Her expertise complements the campus, and she brings more than two decades of experience in leading strategic planning, overseeing and advancing capital projects, implementing campus safety initiatives and encouraging regional collaborations to improve college readiness and admission rates.”

Martin grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse near Port Huron before she climbed the ranks of academia.

She worked for 18 years at Grand Valley State University in numerous roles — including director of the master of taxation program and executive associate vice president for academic affairs. She then served as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn before becoming EMU's leader.

She stepped down last week after seven years but will be returning next fall to the EMU faculty to teach accounting.

"We are pleased for Dr. Martin and her new opportunity,” said EMU spokesman Walter Kraft. “She had an outstanding impact at Eastern in her seven years of leadership and we wish her well as she moves on to the next phase of her career.”

kkozlowski@detroitnews.com