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RMU names Dr. Malissa Martin as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost

Martin will continue RMU’s 25 year legacy of advancing higher education and student success 

After successfully serving in an interim capacity for a year, Malissa Martin, EdD, ATC, has been officially named Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU).

“Dr. Martin’s years of higher education leadership, teaching, and research have produced remarkable results and made her a national thought leader,” said RMU President Cameron K. Martin, PhD. “RMU’s highly skilled executive leadership team will be complemented by Dr. Martin’s deep commitment to further advancing our academic excellence.” 

When Dr. Martin began her Interim Provost role, she set out a vision to further elevate RMU’s national prominence as a premier graduate healthcare institution for students seeking professional and post-professional healthcare/medical preparation and training. 

“RMU’s outstanding faculty, cutting-edge curriculum, and state-of-the-art facilities prepares our students to help people in their greatest times of need,” said Dr. Martin. “RMU has been a higher education innovator for the past 25 years and I’m honored to be a part of the positive trajectory to advance RMU’s numerous master and doctorate healthcare programs and degrees to meet the healthcare workforce needs across the nation. Working with the phenomenal faculty, staff, and students, we will further elevate our advanced modern healthcare curriculum and experiential learning to improve the human condition.”

During her interim role this past year, Martin has made a significant impact upon RMU through her mentorship and leadership of students, faculty, and academic programs:

  • Adjusted the alignment of colleges and programs to provide better internal efficiencies, enhanced services, and overall cost savings to keep costs as low as possible for the students.
  • Oversaw the accreditation of the Master of Nurse Sciences (MSN) and Counseling programs while also overseeing the successful mid-cycle review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • Taught and mentored 80 graduate students and recent alums in their clinic inquiry, scholarship, and research to effect healthcare change throughout the world.

“Dr. Malissa Martin has risen through the ranks at RMU for the past 18 years. I am very appreciative of her leadership and the impactful work she has contributed to RMU, especially during this interim period,” said President Cameron K. Martin. “Her clear vision and dedication to the inspiring mission of RMU have resulted in significant milestones in a short amount of time. I look forward to seeing what she and her academic team will achieve in the future.”


Prior to joining RMU, Dr. Martin’s distinguished career spanned the nation.She was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame, the nation’s  most prestigious group of athletic trainers in the country for demonstrated lifetime commitment to the profession and distinguished leadership in the field. Other recognitions include: the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer; Sayers Bud Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator, the Greater Lakes and Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Educator and Administrator Award, and many more. Dr. Martin has published over 100 articles, numerous books, home study programs and other written works.  She has made over 200 presentations at the national, regional and local levels. She has served on various journal editorial boards and has provided leadership on various boards and committees throughout her career. 

Dr. Martin earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Athletic Training from Indiana State University. She furthered her education with a Master of Science in Health Education and a Doctor of Education, specializing in Curriculum Instruction and Alcohol Drug Studies, from the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation, “Alcohol and Drug Behaviors of Female NCAA Division I Athletes” landed a runner-up research award at the American Medical Society. 

“Every morning, I get the chance to be different, a chance to change, and a chance to be better,” said Dr. Malissa Martin. “I will do my best each day to fulfill the exciting and important responsibilities related to being the Provost of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.”