Haskell President Bob Martin recounts time spent in Lawrence during a University Forum luncheon.
He prayed about it and thought about it and now he's talking about it.
Haskell President Bob Martin addressed a University Forum group gathering Wednesday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries and talked about his imminent departure from the school.
"We're going to miss Lawrence, Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas," Martin said.
Martin has accepted a teaching position at the University of Arizona, and is scheduled to begin duties July 1 in Tuscon, Ariz.
Martin joked about the upcoming move that he will make with his wife, KU English professor Luci Tapahonso.
"We've been told by people who have lived in Tucson or visited there that it's four months of hot weather and eight months of relatives and friends," he said.
Martin said that as he looks back on his 9-year tenure in Lawrence he has many lasting memories.
He talked of the goals he helped establish when he took over as Haskell president and the legacy he wants to leave.
"The future of Haskell is going to be bright," he said. "It will continue to evolve with my successor."
Martin said the university's vision statement includes a future of American Indian and Alaskan natives.
"We want to look to elders who passed this way and do it in a way that's honorable and respectful of the Earth, other living things and, of course, each other," he said.
Martin recounted many of the programs instituted in his administration. Among the highlights are bringing the school from a junior college to university status, the implementation of a local personnel office, extensive building and renovation projects, and partnerships between Haskell and KU.
Claramae Highfill described Martin as personable and said she would miss his presence in Lawrence.
"He reaches out to people," she said.
Tapahonso, who was on hand for Martin's address, said she recalled her own University Forum address several years ago and the support both she and Martin have received from the university communities and Lawrence at large.
"We've learned a lot and been given a lot in ways that can't be measured," she said.
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