Miguel Martinez-Saenz

Martinez-Saenz.pngSt. Francis College
Brooklyn Heights, NY

Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz became the 19th president of St. Francis College in September of 2017. Before coming to St. Francis College, Dr. Martinez-Saenz served as Provost at Otterbein University. In that position he led a number of efforts especially in the context of internationalization that included a three-year global arts initiative funded, in part, by the National Endowment of the Arts. He also helped lay the foundation and developed partnerships with universities in South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Malaysia. Of significance Dr. Martinez- Saenz was an administrative Fulbright Scholar (March 2016) through the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program. Outside the university setting his experience has been varied and diverse. He has worked with his spouse, Julie Holland, a former 8th grade public school Social Studies teacher, tutoring teens at or below the poverty-line, has conducted philosophy and poetry workshops in juvenile detention centers and correctional facilities and has accompanied student groups to build houses in rural communities in Nicaragua as part of trips organized by Bridges to Community.