Dr. Robert A. Martin was appointed Interim President of Framingham State University by the Board of Trustees in August 2013.
From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Martin was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Framingham State. During this time, he was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS), which supports the professional development, research and creative activities of FSU faculty. He also oversaw the creation of several new graduate and undergraduate academic programs in the areas of Business and Information Technology, Business Administration, Environmental Science, Criminology, STEM Education and Nursing. Dr. Martin furthered the assessment of student learning in academic programs and established the First-Year Foundations Program, which supports the academic and social transition of first-year students.
From 2010 until his appointment as interim president, Dr. Martin was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Framingham State, where he taught courses in Behavior Modification and General Psychology, including sections of General Psychology in the University’s Freshman Foundations program.
Prior to joining Framingham State, Dr. Martin was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Westfield State University. He also served as a Professor of Psychology at Ball State University from 1974 to 1980.
Dr. Martin holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and MA and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester. He served as an academic Fellow at the Koplik Massachusetts Higher Education Executive Leadership Institute from 2000 to 2001. Dr. Martin has been a member of American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Association for Higher Education and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.
Dr. Martin recently served as President of the Danforth Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. He is a former competitive swimmer, community theater actor and enjoys hiking in his spare time. He lives in Milford with his wife Elaine, a retired social studies teacher and member of Framingham State’s Class of 1996. The couple has five grown children and 11 grandchildren.