Martini to serve as interim associate provost of Extended University Programs

Contact: Paula M. Davis
Photo of Dr. Ed Martini.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Ed Martini, associate dean for Extended University Programs, will serve as interim associate provost of EUP following the resignation of Dawn Fortin Mattoon, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

"Dawn has done important work at Western Michigan University, and we appreciate her service," says Dr. Jennifer Bott, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"Dr. Martini is the right leader to see us through this interim period. He has provided tremendous leadership in his time at EUP and is a seasoned administrator with demonstrated successes," Bott adds.

Martini has overseen the development and launch of more than a dozen new EUP programs, including innovative and interdisciplinary programs in information security as well as forthcoming graduate certificates in unmanned aerial vehicle-related applications.

He also launched the Collegiate Pathways dual enrollment program, including a groundbreaking Chinese immersion program with Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids and an agreement with Aquinas College, also in Grand Rapids, to offer a joint engineering program. In addition, he supported growth of EUP-backed external research grants in environmental sciences and engineering.

A national search for a permanent leader for EUP will start in early 2019. Bott says that with the upcoming retirement of Dr. Jody Brylinsky, associate provost for institutional effectiveness, this timing will allow academic affairs to prioritize and focus on the urgent and crucial search for Brylinsky's replacement as the University enters into preparations for Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

"These positions are both critically important and require our full attention," the provost says.

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