By Jeff Murphy, April 29, 2016
WARRENSBURG, MO – Warrensburg resident Mathew Martinez on April 28 was sworn in to a post as student member of the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors to serve a term that expires Dec. 31, 2017. The Honorable Sue Dodson, associate circuit judge, Judicial Circuit 17, conducted the swearing in activities at the beginning of the board’s April plenary session.
The Board of Governors is the university’s main policy making body, and consists of seven members who have authority to vote on matters that concern the university, as well as one non-voting student member. All board members, including the student, are appointed by the Missouri Governor, and their appointments must be confirmed by the Senate before they can serve.
Martinez is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from UCM, and has been active in the community and in numerous campus organizations. While maintaining his studies, he founded the Innovation Development Collective, which is a social entrepreneurship business incubator. He also has held numerous leadership roles such as president of the College Democrats, a chapter he founded on campus; serving as a senator and floor leader for the university’s Student Government Association; and chairing the campus Ad Hoc Committee for Gender Violence Prevention.
Such efforts contributed to Martinez’s selection as a student recipient of the Learning to a Greater Degree Award in 2015. This honor is provided in recognition of individuals who exhibit qualities that contribute to a campus environment that promotes a culture of service, engaged learning, future-focused academics and a worldly perspective.
Also contributing to this award was his work as an undergraduate research assistant in the political science department; service as a legislative intern for Senatorial District 11; and service as a student coordinator for the American Democracy Project. In the latter role, he collaborated with individuals involved in sustainability efforts collaborated across university departments to plan and execute voter registration drives, conferences and student activism awareness; and coordinated civic engagement speakers and events in accordance with the ideals of the American Democracy Project.
Martinez’s campus involvement and volunteerism also includes membership and participation in the Honors College, Model United Nations, the Talking Mules debate team, Mulez II Men Acapella Group, It’s On Us Coalition, Homecoming community service site leader; SGA Public Relations Committee, and the Wheelchair Challenge.
He plans to pursue graduate study in pursuit of a Master’s in Business Administration degree after completing undergraduate study at UCM.