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NMSU President Martin to be honored by Leadership New Mexico

New Mexico State University President Michael Martin and Brian Burnett, P.E., president and chief executive officer for Bohannan Huston, Inc. in Albuquerque, will be recognized for their outstanding leadership and dedication to the state of New Mexico at the 2008 Leadership New Mexico annual awards dinner on Friday, May 9.

New Mexico State University President Michael V. Martin will be awarded the 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership New Mexico. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Martin, a strong voice for education and the agriculture industry in New Mexico, will be awarded the 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award. Burnett, a 2001 Leadership New Mexico Core Program graduate and a recognized leader in state water issues, will be awarded the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Leadership New Mexico Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes a Leadership New Mexico graduate whose leadership activities have exemplified the highest standards and whose activities achieved statewide significance. The Leadership New Mexico Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has used his/her leadership abilities to improve the quality of life for New Mexico citizens and future generations.

The 2008 Leadership New Mexico Annual Awards Dinner will be held May 9 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Registration forms are available online at www.leadershipnm.org or by calling (505) 241-4800.

Leadership New Mexico identifies current and emerging leaders throughout New Mexico, enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. Leadership New Mexico's educational sessions provide participants with strong tools to develop initiatives that will enhance the quality of life and address important issues in New Mexico. By engaging people in solution-seeking communication, Leadership New Mexico encourages its graduates to assume leadership roles on community and statewide issues and develop networks for effective leadership.

An academic leader dedicated to the land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension service, Martin was named the recipient of the Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Award in 2007. This national award, named after the author of the bill creating land-grant universities, honors and recognizes outstanding service on behalf of the land-grant mission. Only six individuals have been designated to receive this award since it was first given in 1980.

Martin also is a recognized leader in the state, being named a powerbroker by the New Mexico Business Weekly in 2006. He continues to be active as a scholar and has written numerous book chapters and articles for academic journals, trade publications and the popular press. He recently has published pieces for The Chronicle of Higher Education and University Business. Named the Outstanding Alumnus of Minnesota State University Mankato in 2006, Martin also received the NMSU Social Justice Award in 2005.

Before coming to NMSU, he served for six years as vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, leading the university's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with more than 3,000 employees statewide. He was elevated to senior vice president of the University of Florida shortly before being selected as NMSU's president.

Previously, he was vice president for agricultural policy and the dean of the college of agricultural, food and environmental sciences at the University of Minnesota. He began his academic career at Oregon State University as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

A native of Crosby, Minn., Dr. Martin completed a bachelor's degree in business and economics and a master's degree in economics at Mankato State College (Minnesota State University) in Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1977. His areas of specialization are marketing, prices, international trade, public policy, transportation and business logistics.

Martin became president of New Mexico State University on July 1, 2004.

Martin and his wife, Jan, have two children, both adopted from South Korea. Amanda, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is a graphic artist in Saint Paul, Minn. Sam, with a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's from Sarah Lawrence College, is a genetics counselor at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.