Fort Fairfiled woman named Northern Maine Community College academic dean

Posted Aug. 10, 2011, at 4:15 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Fort Fairfield woman who has had a positive impact on both the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and Loring Job Corps Center is now trying to put her mark on Northern Maine Community College.

Officials at the Presque Isle educational institution announced recently that Dr. Dorothy “Dottie” Martin has been appointed as the college’s new academic dean. She assumed the position on Aug. 1 from Ronald Fitzgerald, a longtime faculty member and college administrator who was named interim dean a year ago. Before Fitzgerald’s appointment, the post had been vacant for a year after former academic dean Alan Punches left in September 2009 for a similar job at a college in Oklahoma.

In a prepared statement, NMCC President Tim Crowley praised Martin for her dedication to education and students and said that the campus was excited to have her on board.

“Throughout her career Dottie has demonstrated a level of commitment to students and to supporting and fostering academic excellence that is most impressive,” he said. “I am confident that the students, faculty and staff will benefit from and enjoy working with her.”

Martin most recently served as career development director at the Loring Job Corps Center in Limestone for nearly seven years. She was responsible for day-to-day oversight of the academic and career technical training program.

Martin started out in Maine in 1996 as assistant director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. She was promoted to the top post there in 2000. Prior to relocating to Maine, Martin held positions in education in Louisiana.

Martin said she was thrilled to be joining the NMCC staff, saying that the college’s reputation as an educational leader has spread “regionally and nationally.”

“The college has assumed leadership roles in several fields such as alternative energy and health care training. I am also impressed with how the college understands and very effectively responds to the needs of local employers and the local work force,” said Martin. “During my time in Aroostook County, I have seen a strategic focus on improving the learning environment that has allowed for innovative technology and industry standards to be integrated into instruction and learning at NMCC.”

Martin currently serves on the state Board of Education on the Career and Technical Education committee as well as the certification committee. She is a former president and board director of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

She also is a member of a number of civic and community organizations.

Martin holds a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.; two master’s degrees — in educational administration and supervision and in library science and educational administration, both from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.; and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Louisiana College in Pineville, La.

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