Maria D. Martinez, MSW ’83, PhD has accepted the position of Interim Assistant Vice Provost for the Institute for Student Success for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010. During this interim period, a formal search for a permanent Assistant Vice Provost will be conducted.

Dr. Maria D. Martinez, Interim Assistant Vice Provost for the Institute for Student Success

Dr. Martinez joined the university in 1986. She began as a Student Support Services Counselor, was promoted to Director of the Student Support Services Program in 1993, and in 1995 was again promoted to Director of the Center for Academic Programs, a position she holds today. Under her leadership, CAP has significantly increased access and educational opportunities for Connecticut students from low income and first generation backgrounds.

Dr. Martinez is a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE). She is also a member of the Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (CAEOP) and the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA). Dr. Martinez provides an important voice on programming and policies and is a strong advocate for increasing educational opportunities for all students. Dr. Martinez holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College in New York City, a Master’s in Social Work and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut.