Posted on Jan 13, 2020
January 16, 2020
Our speaker this week is Dr. Brandon Martin, Athletic Director, UMKC. His topic is "Exciting Times for UMKC Athletics."
Dr. Brandon E. Martin began his tenure as Kansas City Athletics Director on December 3. 2018. Martin’s leadership has helped change the culture within Kansas City Athletics as his positive energy, passion, and strategic vision has helped elevate the Roos' momentum on and off the field.

Since arriving in Kansas City, Martin has been a visionary focused on comprehensive excellence. He has orchestrated transformational changes in less than a year as AD, including the hiring of a new head men’s basketball coach Billy Donlon, creation of a new logo and brand identity, secured major gifts for facility renovations in Swinney Center, established the Roo Athletics Fund, and spearheaded a conference realignment effort for Kansas City Athletics to rejoin the Summit League Conference for the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

In June 2019, Martin was appointed Executive in Residence in the UMKC School of Education. In this role, he assists with the strategic vision for the development and growth of the UMKC School of Education’s Higher Education Program. This role includes teaching various sport management courses and advising students in the program. Martin will also promote the development, coordination, and implementation of experiential learning opportunities for students and support the School of Education’s recruitment programs.

Coupled with his athletic duties and pursuits, Martin served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in the USC Rossier School of Education. Martin presented more than 40 papers, symposia and workshops at national higher education conferences. His dissertation entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Academically Driven African American Male Student-Athletes at Highly Selective Division I Universities” won the 2005 USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2005, he also earned the National Association of Academic Advisors award for Student-Athlete Excellence in Research.

Martin is a distinguished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity—Xi Boule. He has also proudly served in other service capacities including: Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Sports Council,  Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, Board of Directors for the Norman Addiction Information & Counseling Center.

Martin resides in Kansas City, Missouri and is married to his wife Rosemary and is the proud father of Germany (18), Riley (10) and Brandon Jr. (7).