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Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

Eastern Michigan University board plans to renew Susan Martin's contract on May 10

By Kellie Woodhouse


Susan Martin

Melanie Maxwell I file photo

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents chairwoman Francine Parker says it is the board's "full intent" to renew President Susan Martin's contract.

During a Tuesday meeting, the school's eight-member governing board announced it will hold a special meeting on May 10 to discuss Martin's employment status with the university and the terms of a contract extension.

The board had originally intended to discuss Martin's contract at during the April 16 meeting, but delayed the vote due to "scheduling challenges," Parker said.

"I want to reiterate that President Martin continues to have our full support," Parker said.

Martin has led EMU for five years. The board has already extended her contract once, in 2010, for two years. Martin's existing contract expires July 7.

Martin said she plans to stay on as EMU's leader.

“I am thrilled to be here. I love Eastern and I am really looking forward to an exciting fall. It’s great to have their full support,” Martin said in an interview Tuesday. “We’re thriving. We’re growing. A lot of institutions aren’t. But we have to be really careful with our resources.”

Although regents say they will extend Martin's contract, it's unclear what the terms of an extension —including length, salary and benefits— would be.

Martin earns nearly $310,000. She is eligible for a $10,000 performance bonus in July, to be awarded at the discretion of the board.

During the regents meeting, Martin praised the university's progress over "the last five years," including enrollment increases, new campus buildings and faculty hires, and said EMU's campus is experiencing "a time of great momentum."

"Together we will continue to create opportunities for people to achieve their dreams and provide an accessible, affordable and excellent education," she said.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Butter nuts

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 4:06 a.m.

$310,000 for running EMU. The President of The United States makes $400,000. I don't get it. Maybe there won't be a tuition increase next year.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 2:10 a.m.

What a crock! Susie should be shown the door! EMU cannot progress under her "Leadership."


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 1:47 a.m.

EMU is cut the hours a student employee can work to 20 hours max so that the university will not have to give them healthcare. outrageous!


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:02 a.m.

Here, this is fact, not speculation. Please don't perpetuate rumors.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:37 a.m.

Well, what I know is it's 29 hours. I supervise some student workers, and there was an official announcement made the other day from Geoff Larcom.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:03 p.m.

That is what the law states but what I have heard is that EMU is limiting it to 20.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:03 a.m.

Actually, it's 29 hours per week, but you're mostly right.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 11:19 p.m.

Great news!!


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

Perhaps the first order of business once her contract is renewed is to quit wasting money by getting EMU out of the Division 1 sports business.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 11:09 p.m.

I can only give one thumbs up or I would give more. Fire all of the big money sports coaches and move football and basketball back to D2/FCS. Then, maybe they can compete and the school can save on their bloated salaries.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 7:47 p.m.

She even has a green and white bike she rides around campus!!

Kristine Adams

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 7:43 p.m.

President Martin has made so many great improvements to EMU. She continues to interact with students on a personal level and be a leader of the institution. Glad to see she'll be here for awhile. After so many past presidents making mistakes, it's nice to see someone leading EMU in the right direction.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 7:19 p.m.