Washburn University announced today that Jim Martin has agreed to remain as the vice president of administration and treasurer. Martin has been serving in the role in an interim appointment. Martin assumed the interim position when Rick Anderson left to accept a new position at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.
“In today’s environment in public education, finance and business operations play a critical role and it was imperative that we have just the right person for this position,” said Dr. Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University. “Jim has corporate, teaching and university business experience. I have enjoyed working with him these past six months. He has proven to be a great leader. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have someone of Jim’s stature and experience and I am pleased that he has agreed to continue to serve the university in this role.”
Martin previously served at Washburn as the Henrietta and G.W. Synder Jr. Professor in the School of Business. Before joining Washburn, he was the senior vice president of Westar Energy, Inc.
A native of Salina, Martin graduated from Washburn University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He went on to earn a master’s degree in professional accountancy from the University of Texas. He also earned designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA.)
Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a public institution with more than 8 thousand students and a thousand faculty and staff involved in more than 200 academic programs. Washburn’s programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's degree or doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.
In addition, Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) -- a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education – is also part of the Washburn University family. The dedicated faculty and staff at Washburn Tech serve adult and high school students as well as business and industry participants with career specific training
All programs are offered on either the 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, KS, or at Washburn Tech’s campus on the West Side retail hub of the city. Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations.