Former University of Northern Iowa provost dies
James G. Martin, vice president and provost at the University of Northern Iowa from 1971 to 1989, died December 14, 1999, in Dayton, Ohio, of natural causes.
Martin came to UNI under the administration of John J. Kamerick. He replaced William C. Lang. During his tenure, Martin made it a priority for the university to recruit and retain high quality staff, and worked with the administration to help diversify the institution which had, until the late 1960s, been primarily a teaching college. Martin was instrumental in laying the groundwork for campus expansion that resulted in constructing the Curris Business Building, expanding Latham Hall, and adding a fourth floor to the Rod Library.
Before coming to UNI, Martin served as acting dean, associate dean, and assistant dean at Ohio State University. He also taught at Northern Illinois University, Oklahoma University, and Indiana University. He moved to Dayton in 1991. Martin is survived by his wife and two sons. His family has established the James G. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to the UNI Foundation
Copyright Northern Iowa Today, volume 84, number 1, Winter 2000, page 23.