ROGER H. (RUSTY) MARTIN, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, brings over 40 years of experience in higher education administration to our presidential search practice. Rusty has successfully completed presidential searches for College of Saint Elizabeth, Fontbonne University, Iowa Wesleyan College, Seton Hill University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
For 20 years Dr. Martin served as president of two liberal arts colleges in the United States, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. From 1980 to 1986, Rusty was the associate dean at Harvard University’s Divinity School; Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Middlebury College; and in development positions at New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Since retiring as a college president in 2007, Dr. Martin has consulted for higher education institutions focused on fundraising (his specialty), strategic planning, and board governance at institutions including Metropolitan College of New York, The College of the Bahamas, Morningside College in Iowa, Suffolk University in Boston and Bergen County Community College in New Jersey. His book Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again (University of California Press: 2008) about the sabbatical he took as a “freshman” at St. John’s College, in Annapolis, Maryland, has made him a featured speaker at college and university events across the country including engagements at Albright College, Southern Vermont College, Virginia State University, South Western Adventist University in Texas, and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Rusty has recently completed two new books entitled Off to College: A Guide for Parents (University of Chicago Press: 2015) and Brave Noises: Journal of a First-year College President (Amazon: 2015) . He has also authored a number of articles on higher education leadership.
Dr. Martin is a well-known British Historian who has published extensively in the field of 18th and 19th century British church history; Rusty spent a year at the University of Edinburgh studying Scottish church history; and he currently serves as Deputy Chair of the British Schools and Universities Foundation in Manhattan. He also served for three years on the President’s Commission of the NCAA.
Dr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University, a Bachelor of Divinity from Yale University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. Rusty also holds honorary doctorates from Drew, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Randolph-Macon College and Morningside College in Iowa.
Rusty serves as a member of the Board of Education in Mamaroneck, New York, where he resides with his wife, Susan.