The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce named Dr. Marcus Martin, professor and chief officer for diversity and equity at the University, the recipient of this year’s Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award.
Established in 1975, the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award honors outstanding citizen contributions to the Charlottesville area. Martin was chosen for being a “dynamic, recognized leader for equality,” Chad Zakaib, chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, said in a press release.
“Dr. Martin is a stellar citizen of our community and our Chamber is honored to recognize him,” Zakaib said.
Martin will receive the award at the Chamber’s 102nd annual dinner at the Omni Hotel Nov. 12.
“I am deeply honored by the McIntire Award and very humble and happy to be recognized,” Martin said. “It is very meaningful to be considered in the company of past recipients who have all contributed to the community in wonderful ways.”
Martin has held many positions at the University, including chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, assistant dean of the School of Medicine, clinical director of the Summer Medical Dental Program, co-chair of the Health System Diversity Council and inaugural member of the U.Va. Women’s Leadership Council. He is also involved in many organizations in the greater community, including the Hospice of the Piedmont, Jefferson School Foundation, Jefferson Scholars Foundation and Blue Ridge PACE.
“My beliefs are deeply rooted in humility and doing for others since I was a child and [that commitment] has extended into my professional life as a physician as well as an administrator at the University of Virginia in my capacity as Chief Diversity Officer,” Martin said. “It is a joy to work with students, staff, faculty and the community serving in various capacities.”
Martin said mentoring students is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
“Historically it has been patient care, and currently it is advising students and helping them along the way and certainly supporting the Charlottesville community however I can,” Martin said.
Fourth-year College student Jenne Nurse, president of the University’s NAACP chapter, said Martin is truly deserving of the award. Nurse took Martin’s 2014 January Term course: “St. Kitts and Nevis: Disaster Preparedness in the West Indies.”
“He is so dedicated and passionate about his work,” Nurse said. “He is committed to making improvements, not only at U.Va., but wherever he is able, using the skills he has acquired over the years.”