SEC pioneer and former Tuskegee vice president for finance and chief business officer dies


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (May 17, 2013) — Stephen A. Martin, Sr., Tuskegee University’s former vice president for finance and chief business officer died Tuesday. Martin, 66, retired from the university Dec. 31, 2012. Before becoming a vice president, Martin served as interim vice president for business and fiscal affairs, and chief financial officer for the university.

He previously worked as senior director of internal auditing and risk assessment at the university. While at Tuskegee, Martin's oversight responsibilities included fiscal affairs, capital projects, the physical plant and culinary services operations contracts and the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University management contract. As expressed by Tuskegee University President, Dr. Gilbert Rochon, “Tuskegee University is extremely grateful for Mr. Martin’s dedication and professional service to the University during the crucial period of my transition as president. The entire University community extends our heartfelt condolences to his wife, children, and extended family and we certainly count ourselves among his many friends.”

Before coming to Tuskegee, Martin’s earlier career included service as Revenue Agent for the US Dept. of Treasury – Internal Revenue Service; Product Manager for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in Lewisville, TX; Vice President for Administration & CFO at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX; Vice President for Business Affairs & CFO at Delgado Community College in New Orleans; Director of Internal Auditing for Tulane University and Tulane Medical Center; Assistant Professor – Department of Business at Dillard University; Chief Deputy Clerk for the Criminal District Court in New Orleans, and successive accounting and auditing positions with McDermott International, International Paper, Avondale Shipyards and Ernst & Ernst. Martin also served in the United States Army, earning the rank of sergeant.

He earned his B.A. in Latin as a Rockefeller Scholar and an MBA as an Arthur Young Scholar from Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Among his many achievements and distinctions, he was the first black student-athlete to play any varsity sport for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) while on an academic scholarship. According to, “Martin attended Tulane on an academic scholarship and was a member of the Green Wave baseball varsity squad from 1966-68 and the freshman team in 1965.”

A native of Marrero, La., and a resident of Peachtree City, Ga., Martin is survived by his wife of 43 years, Brigid C. Martin, and their three children and three grandchildren. He also has three older siblings and a several other family members and friends.

The family will receive visitors prior to the memorial mass May 24 at 9:00 a.m. EST. The visitation will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Road in Peachtree City, Ga., followed by the mass at 10:00 a.m. The burial for Sgt. Martin will follow, with honors, at 1:00 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Augustine High School (My Legacy Brick Campaign) in the name of Mr. Stephen Martin Sr., 2600 A. P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70119. Contact number: 504-940-5980. Condolences may be expressed at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City -

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