Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.


On June 8, 2009, Harold L. Martin Sr. became the first alumnus to serve as the chief administrator at NC A&T. As the 12th individual elected to the position of chancellor (or president prior to July 1972), Martin draws from his experiences in the classroom (as student and teacher) and in administrative positions at A&T and other institutions to lead, collaborate and build consensus within the university, among alumni and donors, and in the public and private sectors in the local community, across the state and nation, and abroad.

Martin provides visionary leadership that establishes long range strategic plans in consultation with various constituencies, asserts tactical leadership to develop innovative approaches for expansion resources, and ensures the fiscal and academic vitality of all colleges and schools. One of his current goals is to make NC A&T a preeminent institution of higher learning by the year 2020.

“North Carolina A&T State University is one of America’s highly-respected land-grant universities, founded on principles that embrace student access and quality academic performance. In our globally competitive and economically constrained society, it is imperative that we continue to create opportunities and partnerships that are academically sound and relevant. Global circumstances demand new solutions from our science and technical fields, new enhancements in cultural competencies and social awareness, and an uncompromising expectation of integrity and character among our students, faculty, staff and administrators” says Martin.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor at NC A&T, Martin was the senior vice president for academic affairs at The University of North Carolina, General Administration (2006–2009), where he led the development and implementation of the University’s academic mission, including teaching, research, international programs and student affairs. He advised the president and the UNC Board of Governors; provided leadership for the President’s Council; led strategic academic planning and the implementation of resulting policies affecting the system; worked closely with campus chancellors and chief academic officers on university-wide academic initiatives; worked to maintain the focus of the missions of the campuses; and implemented the academic portion of the long-range plan.

Martin also led UNC’s research and educational missions and oversaw academic planning, faculty support and international programs, academic and student affairs, sponsored programs and research, strategy development and analysis, and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, units which comprise the Division of Academic Affairs.

Before joining UNC General Administration, Martin was the 11th chief administrator and seventh chancellor of Winston-Salem State University (2000–2006). At WSSU, he guided the reclassification of the university from a Baccalaureate I to a Master’s II institution, created a School of Graduate Studies and Research, established seven master’s degree programs and enhanced the quality of overall academic programs. During Martin’s tenure, the school’s enrollment doubled, giving WSSU the fastest growing enrollment in the University of North Carolina system.

Martin held earlier positions at NC A&T including vice chancellor of academic affairs (1994–99); dean of the college of engineering (1989–1994); chair and acting chair of electrical engineering (1985–87 and 1984–85, respectively) and acting chair (1984-85) of electrical engineering.

The Winston-Salem, N.C., native received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is married to the former Davida Wagner, county attorney for Forsyth County, N.C., and they are the parents of two sons, Harold Jr. and Walter.

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1601 East Market Street
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Greensboro, NC 27411

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