MCC-Longview building to be renamed for long-serving trustee Robert H. Martin

Ellen Martin was on hand Aug. 24 when the Board of Trustees voted to rename an MCC building in her late husband’s honor. From left: Michael Brown, Phil LeVota, Trent Skaggs, Martin, Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, Chris Whiting, McClain Bryant and Barbara Anne Washington.

A building on the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus will be renamed in honor of the late Robert H. Martin, who served a record 41 years on the College’s Board of Trustees.

Robert H. Martin

Mr. Martin, 82, died April 3, 2017. The lawyer and former state representative was a resident of Lee’s Summit, home of the Longview campus.

Trustees voted Aug. 24 to pay tribute to their former colleague by changing the name of the Campus Center at Longview to the Robert H. Martin Campus Center. A ceremony unveiling the new name will take place this fall.

Mr. Martin’s wife, Ellen Forrest Martin, a retired MCC administrator, was at the August Board of Trustees meeting.

In a resolution, trustees noted that Mr. Martin left “an unprecedented legacy of service” to the College. They chose to rename a building in his honor to commemorate his “exemplary and historically significant volunteer leadership service” to MCC.

Appointed in 1976 to fill a vacancy, Mr. Martin was first elected to the board from Subdistrict 5 in 1978 and was subsequently re-elected six more times. He was last elected in 2014, and his colleagues elected him board president four times.

Ellen Martin (left foreground) at the Aug. 24 trustees meeting