Rebecca Martin

Executive Director

National Association of System Heads

Rebecca Martin is the executive director of the National Association of System Heads, an association of chief executives of the college and university systems of public higher education in the United States. Before serving as director of higher education and senior fellow at the U.S. Education Delivery Institute from 2010–2015, she was senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Wisconsin System. Under her leadership, the system expanded the use of high-impact practices and aggressively focused on improving the retention and graduation rates of underserved students. Martin served for five years as provost and vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she also taught as a tenured professor in political science. Earlier, she served at the University of Vermont, holding several positions including senior vice provost, interim provost, and acting president. She also spent several years in the California State University system. She earned her doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California, her master’s degree in librarianship from San José State University (CA), and her bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and history from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include organizational change, equity in higher education, and community-based learning.