Michelle D. Martin, MBA, CPA

Michelle D. Martin is Fort Valley State University’s Chief Business Officer and Vice President of Business and Finance. With nearly 23 years of experience in higher education, including two 1890 land-grant institutions, she provides fiscal leadership, strategic planning, and institutional effectiveness for operations at the institution including fixed assets, budgeting, accounting, accounts receivable and payable, auxiliary services, procurement, risk management and facilities.

Martin has accomplished much during her career while focusing her efforts on improving the financial health of organizations as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Immediately prior to Fort Valley, Martin worked at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as the Associate Vice President for Financial Services and Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance where some of her major accomplishments include the successful renovation of the Richard A. Henson Hotel and Conference Center, the implementation of a comprehensive 2-year fiscal plan to reduce the institution’s structural deficit, and the renegotiation of several revenue generating contracts. She gained additional higher education experience while working at Delaware State University and Norfolk State University where she served as Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller respectively.

Other positions held during her career include a key role as Controller for the City of Richmond, Virginia where she was responsible for the city’s financial and accounting activities. Earlier positions in her career include two positions in the private sector as Assistant Controller for Landmark Communications and Financial Services Manager for Beverly Enterprises.

Martin, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Troy State University.  She is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and has two children, Jerry and Lauren, and a granddaughter, Saniyah.