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Dr. Darrin Martin assumed the role of Interim President at Bluefield State University on November 21, 2023. A proud third-generation graduate and native of Bluefield, Dr. Martin brings a deep personal connection to the university. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Bluefield State University, followed by a master’s degree in educational leadership from Radford University. He further advanced his academic credentials with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Before his current role at Bluefield State University, Dr. Martin had a distinguished tenure at Bluefield University, where he served as the Dean of Academic Success and the Director of the Academic Center of Success. Over five years, he led initiatives to boost student success, focusing on learning, engagement, retention, and completion. He played a pivotal role in coordinating with academic deans and directors to enhance co-curricular activities that align with the university’s vision, mission, and values.

Further, Dr. Martin has a wide range of experience as an educational consultant. In this capacity, he provided professional development and technical support to various educational institutions nationwide. His expertise lies in developing strategies that foster human capital development, strategic measurement, and effective school practices.

Dr. Martin’s educational career encompasses other significant roles. He served as a School Improvement Specialist at the West Virginia Department of Education, the Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor at Concord University, a public-school administrator, and a classroom teacher. These diverse experiences have equipped Dr. Martin with a deep understanding of the educational landscape, allowing him to profoundly influence students’ path toward achieving their academic aspirations.