Roger H. Martin, who served as the 14th president of Randolph-Macon College (1997-2006), is the author of Off to College: A Guide for Parents (University Of Chicago Press, 2015). The book was reviewed in the August 15, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Martin was also interviewed for an article that was published in the August 18, 2015 edition of Inside Higher Ed.
The book helps parents understand this important period of transition by providing a "tour" of the first year on today's campus. In his research for the book, Martin spent a year visiting five different colleges and universities across the United States—public and private, large and small, elite and non-elite—to get an insider's view of modern college life.
Roger H. Martin
Martin currently serves on the Board of Education in Mamaroneck, New York and is president of Academic Collaborations, Inc., a higher education consulting firm. He also serves on the Board 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 Institute.
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 also the author of Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again (University of California Press, 2008), which 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.