Dr. Thomas M. Martin holds a joint appointment at Eastern Kentucky University as Associate Vice President for Research, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CEDET) and as Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business & Technology.
As the Associate Vice President for Research, and Executive Director of CEDET, Dr. Martin promotes economic, technology development, and university innovation by linking the resources of EKU with the needs of communities, business sectors, and institutions in the region.
Dr. Martin promotes the development and implementation of high-quality research initiatives at EKU, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in research that translates discoveries into commercialization. For example, in cooperation and support with the Board of Regents, he created and manages the $250,000 Board of Regents Innovation Fund, established in 2018. He is also responsible for University-wide research operations and support infrastructure, education and compliance; oversees the offices responsible for the commercialization of a diverse set of technologies and the development of strategic partnerships with industry.
Dr. Martin has published and presented papers on signaling theory, diplomacy, and executive power. His research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and political risk. His teaching responsibility includes principles of management for non-business majors, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the impact capstone course of the masters in business administration.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Martin was Senior Fellow for Research and Economic Policy at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, creating the Kentucky Graduate Research Roundtable and the Kentucky Consortium for Undergraduate Research, to raise the graduate and undergraduate research profiles of each institution, reduce transaction costs, increase intellectual property, as well as student success. These collaborative efforts leveraged university expertise, lead to research investments and commercialization in high-growth or emerging areas, and were aligned with business and industry growth. As part of the Council’s regulatory charge, Dr. Martin reviewed and recommended action on new licensure applications, annual licensure applications, and supplementary licensure applications.
Dr. Martin earned his masters and doctorate in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2008, an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University in 2001, and was a Visiting Professor of Government at Eastern Kentucky University from 2008-2011.
He is Past-President of the Eastern Kentucky University International Alumni Association, serves on the Boards of Advisors, At The Gap Solutions, and is an investor and advisor to Fooji, Inc., Space Tango, and Avast Therapeutics.
Dr. Martin and his wife Veronica live in Danville, Kentucky. They have three children, Brandi, 26, Daniel 24, and Grace 21.