Meet the President

President Dan Martin took office on July 1, 2012, and was inaugurated April 2, 2013. He says he was attracted to SPU by its rich history; quality faculty, students, and academic program; urban setting; and commitment to outstanding education informed by Christian faith. “I was drawn to SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world,” he explains, “and to the tremendous capacity the University has to fulfill that mission.”

President Dan Martin

Since taking office, President Martin has been overseeing a strategic planning process that will guide the University in four areas: academic excellence and relevance, transformative and holistic student experience, vital Christian identity and purpose, and capacity development and operational effectiveness. 

In keeping with SPU’s vision, he is committed to facilitating the University’s active participation in helping to address the needs of the city of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest region, and the world.

Before coming to SPU, President Martin held various positions in higher education, including president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio; vice president for university advancement at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California; and executive assistant to the president, vice president for enrollment development, and acting vice president of finance at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

He completed his JD at the University of Kansas School of Law, and simultaneously completed an MBA degree at the University of Kansas School of Business. Upon entering the field of higher education, he earned two additional degrees: an EdD in higher education policy and leadership from the University of Kansas, and an EdD in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

President Martin and his wife, Pam, have two college-aged sons.

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President's Circle

Generous gifts enable big things to happen on the SPU campus — and around the world. A gift of $1,000 qualifies friends of SPU for membership in the President's Circle.