FHSU President Unexpectedly Quits

The president of Fort Hays State University surprised faculty and students Wednesday afternoon by resigning, effective immediately.

Dr. Mirta Martin announced her resignation via e-mail Wednesday afternoon.

Dear Fort Hays State University community,

I am writing to inform you that as of today, Wednesday, November 23, 2016, I am stepping down for personal reasons from the position of President at Fort Hays State University.  As called upon, I will serve as the Consultant to the President.   As of this writing, Mike Barnett, FHSU Vice President for Administration and Finance, will serve as the university’s Acting President until the Kansas Board of Regents can name an Interim.

There are so many things about Fort Hays State University that I have been honored to take part in, and so many opportunities for this university to continue to grow and be successful.

I will offer my full support to transition this historic institution to new leadership, and remain deeply appreciative of the opportunity I was given to make contributions to the higher education system here in Kansas.

Wishing you all the best,


In May of 2014 the school introduced Dr. Mirta Martin as the ninth president of Fort Hays State University. She took over the position later in the year, taking over for Dr. Edward Hammond who had led Fort Hays State since 1987 and at the time was the longest-serving president or chancellor in the state university system.