Dr. Martin Biography Appears on Cherokee TV

Jun 6, 2017

Filmed during the IAIA Commencement week, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) was interviewed for a documentary on the TV Show Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. Here is the finished feature on Dr. Martin showing some of the highlights of the IAIA Campus. The segment was produced by Jennifer Loren (Cherokee Nation) and her team.

Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People is a monthly news magazine-style program featuring the people, places, history, and culture of the Cherokee Nation.

Dr. Martin Featurette on Osiyo TV

MoCNA’s Collection Featurette on Osiyo TV

Dr. Robert Martin

Dr. Robert Martin


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Dr. Robert Martin became President of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) on July 1, 2007. He has led the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and a campus facilities master plan resulting in academic program expansion, growth in student enrollment, construction of five new buildings on campus and the launch of a successful capital campaign. Prior to joining the IAIA community, Dr. Martin was the Associate Head for the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona. He also served as President of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque for eight years and president of Haskell Indian Nations University for ten years. Under his guidance, Haskell made the transition from junior college to a university offering baccalaureate programs. In addition, he served as the President of Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) in Sells, Arizona. During his tenure, TOCC achieved accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and was designated as a 1994 Land Grant Institution by the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Martin is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Kansas and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University.

He currently serves on the boards of American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Higher Learning Commission—a regional accreditor for colleges and universities. Dr. Martin was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Douglas County (Kansas) Bar Association, bestowed on Law Day USA to recognize individual contributions to human rights. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Baker University and in 2010 he received the Tribal College President of the Year Award.