Roger H. Martin, Ph.D.
Roger H. Martin, Ph.D. served as the 14th president of Randolph-Macon
College (1997 – 2006.) He is currently president of Academic Collaborations Inc.,
a higher education consulting firm, and is deputy chair of the British Schools and
Universities Foundation in New York City.
During his leadership at Randolph-Macon, Martin led the final stages of a fundraising
campaign for capital projects and endowment, which exceeded its $41.5 million goal
a year earlier than expected. The college’s Welcome Center was established under
Martin’s direction and many campus facilities were renovated including Old Chapel,
Blackwell Auditorium, Cobb Theatre, Thomas Branch Hall and Jones Residence Hall.
He also oversaw a comprehensive strategic planning process, worked to enhance the
quality of student life on campus, and forged vital relationships between the college
and the Town of Ashland and metro Richmond communities.
Prior to Randolph-Macon, Martin was president of Moravian College for 11 years;
associate dean of the Divinity School and lecturer in church history at Harvard
University; executive assistant to the president and assistant professor of history
at Middlebury College; development officer at New York University; and an assistant
director of external affairs and assistant professor of history at Rensselear Polytechnic
A British historian and scholar of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, Martin has
taught courses on the evolution of Protestant denominationalism in Great Britain
and the Methodist revival in England in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Martin is the author of two books including Racing Odysseus: A College President
Becomes a Freshman Again (University of California Press, 2008). The book chronicles
his 2004 six-month sabbatical at St. John’s College where he enrolled as a freshman.
As a student at St. John’s, he studied Homer, Plato, Aeschylus, and Herodotus; became
a member of the college crew team; and forged new friendships with fellow freshmen.
Martin’s articles have been published in numerous church and scholarly publications
including a chapter he authored on communication and visioning skills for college
presidents in the book Leadership Transitions: The New College President by Judith
Block McLaughlin (Jossey-Bass, 1996).
Martin earned his B.A. from Drew University after studying for one year at Edinburgh
University, his bachelor of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees from
Yale University, and his Ph.D. from Oxford University. He resides in Mamaroneck,
New York with his wife Susan. They have two adult children, Katherine and Emily.