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SWFL college president named interim CEO of community foundation

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 2:00 p.m. June 7, 2023
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Mike Martin was president of Florida Gulf Coast University for six years.
Mike Martin was president of Florida Gulf Coast University for six years.
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Collaboratory, the leading community foundation in Southwest Florida, has named outgoing Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin its interim leader. 

Martin will step in as interim president and CEO of the organization July 1, according to a statement. He replaces current CEO Sarah Owen, who announced plans to step down in March

Founded in 1976 and formerly known as the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Collaboratory currently manages 634 individual donor funds with assets of $151 million, according to its website. It made $6.4 million in grants in 2022, bringing the total since 1976 to $110 million.  

Martin will work with the Collaboratory board over the next few months as "they continue to search for the organization’s eventual new leadership," the release states. “I hope to assist the great crew at the Collaboratory to continue their important work during this period of transition,” Martin says in the release. 

Martin was president of FGCU for six years, until his recent retirement announcement. He held leadership roles at Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, New Mexico State University, University of Florida and University of Minnesota prior to FGCU. He also was on the faculty for 15 years at Oregon State University, including a term as faculty senate president. He's a native of Crosby, Minnesota

“Dr. Martin’s involvement in local, state and national boards and organizations spans decades of service,” Collaboratory Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Gail Markham says in the release. “We are incredible fortunate that he has decided to stay active in local boards and vital issues. We are looking forward to him guiding the Collaboratory team with his experience and leadership while we secure our next CEO.”



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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