Martin Named Director of Corporate Relations/Associate Director of Development


by News Bureau on Thursday, May. 16, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 16, 2013 — Chris Martin of St. Louis, Mo., has been named director of corporate relations/associate director of development with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Martin, who began his new duties May 1, will lead the University’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business outreach efforts to the corporate community and alumni in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He will be located at the University’s St. Louis Office, located at 16020 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 145 in Chesterfield, Mo.

Martin will plan, oversee, promote and evaluate a comprehensive corporate relations strategy for the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. He will work to identify opportunities to build cooperative relationships between corporations and the Harrison College of Business. In addition, Martin will recruit and lead a Business Advisory Council to assist in the development and execution of the University’s corporate outreach goals, and he will devise and implement strategies to enhance the relationship between alumni and the Harrison College of Business.

Additional responsibilities will include planning, executing and evaluating donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies among alumni, the Harrison College of Business, and corporate and business leadership across the St. Louis metropolitan area. He will also identify, nurture and grow donor prospects who can make current or deferred gifts to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Martin previously held the position of project manager in charge of regionalism and government relations for the Regional Business Council in St. Louis. While at the Regional Business Council, he worked with 100 of the St. Louis region’s most engaged chief executive officers monitoring policy, enhancing education opportunities, advancing business diversity initiatives, and collaborating with other business organizations and regional partners to further increase business, civic and philanthropic growth across the St. Louis region.

Martin says his position with the University will allow him to leverage the relationships he has built working alongside some of the St. Louis region’s largest employers.

“The St. Louis business community is passionate about attracting talented graduates who are committed to building a stronger and more vibrant economy throughout the metropolitan area,” Martin said. “When business leaders learn what I have learned about the commitment of Southeast students and the distinction of their programs, the possibilities for collaboration and mutual success are unlimited.”

Originally from St. Louis, Martin graduated from Lindenwood University in May 2000 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and public management. In addition, he obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Martin practiced law with the Dunn & Miller law firm in West St. Louis County and ran a successful political consulting business that assisted clients with organization management, fund-raising and issue engagement. He is a member of several civic organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area. Martin currently lives in South St. Louis County, with his wife Terri, and daughters Abby and Loralei.