Marcus L. Martin
Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine and former VP and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, University of Virginia
Dr. Marcus L. Martin is Professor Emeritus and past chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia. He held the chair position from July 1996 to December 2006. Dr. Martin’s Emergency Medicine responsibilities included the adult and pediatric emergency departments, chest pain unit, express care, Pegasus air ambulance, the Blue Ridge Poison Center, paramedic training program, emergency medicine residency program and several emergency medicine fellowship programs. During his tenure at the University of Virginia, Dr. Martin served as Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equity and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity. On July 25, 2009, Dr. Martin was appointed Interim Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity and on April 1, 2011 Dr. Martin was appointed Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity. A native of Covington, Virginia, he earned bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University and was employed as a production chemical engineer at WESTVACO in Covington, Virginia. A member of the charter class of Eastern Virginia Medical School and the first African American graduate, he earned his medical degree in 1976. He is a founding member of the Board of Visitors of North Carolina State University. Dr. Martin was the first African American to play varsity football at NC State. He was selected as one of “the top 100 most influential black graduates of NC State University”. Dr. Martin serves as the principal investigator of the Virginia- North Carolina Alliance, an NSF- funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program whose goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.