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. 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.