The Executive Leadership Summit - Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Harold Lee Martin Sr.
Dr. Harold Lee Martin Sr.

Dr. Harold Lee Martin Sr.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Dr. Harold Lee Martin Sr. was elected the 12th chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and assumed his position on June 8, 2009. As chancellor, Dr. Martin serves as the chief executive and administrative head of the university, exercising overall authority, subject to the direction of the North Carolina A&T Board of Trustees and the president of The University of North Carolina (UNC) system.

The UNC system is comprised of 17 campuses, including the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and it is governed by the UNC Board of Governors. Dr. Martin's responsibilities include setting a strategic direction for the institution; maintaining fiscal integrity; broadly marketing the institution; building strong and lasting relationships with institutional constituents, business and community leaders, alumni and friends; and raising funds to meet the needs of the institution.

Since his arrival, Dr. Martin has been instrumental in the development of North Carolina A&T's Preeminence 2020 strategic plan, the opening of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at the Gateway University Research Park (South Campus), and playing a significant role in Opportunity Greensboro, the city's most recent alliance between the seven colleges and universities and the business community as they work to make Greensboro a national model for collaboration in knowledge-based economic development.

Before becoming chancellor at A&T, Dr. Martin served as the senior vice president for academic affairs for the UNC system, assuming the post in July of 2006. In this role, he led the development and implementation of the system's academic mission, including teaching, research, international programs and student affairs. He advised the president and provided leadership for the President's Council; advised the Board of Governors on academic affairs issues of university-wide importance; led strategic academic planning and the implementation of resulting policies affecting the system; worked closely with campus chancellors and chief academic officers on University-wide academic initiatives; worked to maintain the focus of the missions of the campuses, and implemented the academic portion of the long-range plan. In addition, he led the system's research and educational missions and oversaw the offices of academic planning, faculty support and international programs, academic and student affairs, sponsored programs and research, strategic development and analysis, and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.

Prior to joining UNC General Administration, Dr. Martin was the 11th chief administrator and the seventh chancellor of Winston-Salem State University from January 2000 to July 2006. While at WSSU, he guided the reclassification of the university from a Baccalaureate I to a Master's II institution, created a School of Graduate Studies and Research, established seven master's degree programs, and enhanced the quality of academic programs. The university's enrollment doubled during his tenure, giving WSSU the fastest growing enrollment in the UNC system. Before working at WSSU, he held several administrative positions at A&T including acting chair and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering (1984-85 and 1985-87, respectively), dean of the College of Engineering (1989-94) and vice chancellor of academic affairs (1994-99).

Dr. Martin is a major contributor in the Greensboro community, lending himself to service on various boards and committees including United Way, Gateway University Research Park, Greensboro Partnership, Opportunity Greensboro, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, Research Triangle Institute, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Council of Presidents and the USDA/1980 Task Force. On November 27, 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Martin to a key administrative post as a member of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

Dr. Martin has written and co-authored numerous articles and has made many presentations at national and international conferences. He has served as a consultant to major corporations and companies and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu, International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the International Honor Society in Business.

Dr. Martin holds bachelor's and master's of science degrees in electrical engineering from A&T and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is married to the former Davida Wagner, and they have two sons, Harold Jr. and Walter. Davida is the County Attorney for Forsyth County; Harold Jr. is a graduate of Morehouse College, Harvard Business School and Yale Law School and currently works for McKinsey & Company; and Walter is a graduate of Hampton University, the University of Maryland Dental School and is currently in private practice.