Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

MVNU President Resigns, Accepts Presidency of Seattle Pacific University

Daniel MartinApril 10, 2012

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio-Mount Vernon Nazarene University President Daniel J. Martin announced today that he is leaving to assume the position of president at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Martin will begin his duties at SPU on July 1, concluding nearly six years of service at MVNU.

"Through his gifted leadership, vision, and gracious spirit, Dr. Martin has led MVNU to new levels," reflected Rev. Geoffrey Kunselman, Chair of the MVNU Board of Trustees. "We are deeply grateful for his service and friendship. We wish the very best for the Martins in the days ahead."

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MVNU has thrived under Dr. Martin's leadership, and the following accomplishments and milestones are representative of his contribution and service to the University:

  • Development of the University Plan and the many accomplishments it produced including strengthening the University's essence and identity through its mission and vision statements.
  • Receipt of a $10 million commitment, the largest single gift in the University's history.
  • 10-year re-accreditation granted by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Higher Learning Commission approval for and the launching of online programs.
  • Development of additional new academic programs including Computer Systems and Network Engineering, Child Life Specialist, Laboratory Technology, and Political Science.
  • Comprehensive revision of the General Education program.
  • Establishment of the Nease Institute.
  • Membership for athletics into the Mid-Central College Conference.
  • Launching of Mission M2540 - a local, regional, and global service focus.
  • Production of a revised Campus Master Plan with the following elements completed or in progress:
    • Buchwald Center and Buchwald Plaza
    • Hunter Hall
    • Ariel Arena
    • Morrison Facilities Services
    • Renovated Dining Commons
    • Soccer complex
    • Main entrance redesign and enhancement
    • Signature Clock Tower and Promenade
  • Collaboration with four other Nazarene colleges and universities in the acquisition and implementation of a new administrative software system.
  • Partnership with Nazarene Theological Seminary for the development of the multi-campus seminary.
  • Enhancement of university governance and participation by adding faculty and staff representatives to the Board of Trustees.
  • Record enrollments in the number of graduate students (663) as well as the fourth highest total enrollment at 2,609.

Dr. Martin's leadership and influence has extended beyond the campus as he was called upon to serve in the following capacities:

  • Appointed by the Treasurer of the State of Ohio to serve as Board Member for the Ohio State Teacher's Retirement Board.
  • Elected to serve as a General Board member for the Church of the Nazarene, East Central Region.
  • Mount Vernon/Knox County United Way Vice-Chair/Chair-elect.
  • Elected Chair - USA/Canada Council of Education, Church of the Nazarene

"It has been a true privilege serving as the president of MVNU. There are many things I will dearly miss but none more so than the individuals who make up this vibrant academic community of faith. I am proud to have been a part of all that has transpired during these years," said Dr. Martin. "This is a special place that truly understands its mission and purpose as it serves to challenge all who are a part of this community to embrace the vision to Change the World with the Love of Christ."

Mount Vernon Nazarene Board of Trustees Chair, Rev. Geoff Kunselman, said an interim leadership plan will be announced in the near future while a national search for Martin's successor is conducted.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several additional Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.

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