FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The Fairmont State University Board of Governors met in special session Monday to address Fairmont State President Mirta Martin’s selection as a finalist for the president of Colorado Mesa University.
“No actions or decisions were taken in executive session, just discussion about the subject at hand,” BOG Chairman David Goldberg said when the board emerged from executive session.
The BOG released a full statement after the meeting saying it’s not surprised that Martin is a top candidate for another job. The board promised to keep the Fairmont State community updated.
“As the third-largest institution in the state, Fairmont State’s mission has been solidified under President Martin’s leadership. We are a stronger institution now than three years ago, and that is a testament to the work of President Martin, our faculty, staff, and our incredible students. This year, Fairmont State University has recorded increases in enrollment and revenues and decreases in expenses,” the statement said. ” In addition, Fairmont State recorded the highest Composite Financial Index in the state among four-year state institutions. We have successfully navigated COVID-19 on our campuses without furloughing any of our employees and have continued to provide face-to-face instruction since August. When the community needs Fairmont State, we are always here to be a partner and beacon for promise and success within the Mountain State.”
Martin is scheduled to be part of an on-campus interview at Colorado Mesa University next week.
The other two finalists Colorado Mesa Vice President/COVID-19 Response and Planning Principal John Marshall and Western Colorado University Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Dr. Abel Chavez.
Martin came to Fairmont State in early 2018 after serving as president of Fort Hays State University in Fort Hayes, Kansas for less than three years.