MCC-Longview Campus Center to be named for trustee Robert H. Martin

Metropolitan Community College will hold a special naming ceremony Nov. 16 to honor the late Robert H. Martin for his long and dedicated service as a trustee.

  • The MCC Board of Trustees invites the public to the naming ceremony for the Robert H. Martin Campus Center at MCC-Longview on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m.
  • The event will take place outside the Campus Center located at 500 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Mr. Martin served on the MCC Board of Trustees for an unprecedented 41 years. He passed away on April 3, 2017, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy.

MCC Board of Trustees President Trent Skaggs said, “To follow in the historic footsteps of Mr. Martin is a humbling task. We were fortunate to have his guidance, experience and excellence to help support the important mission of MCC.”

Mr. Martin represented Subdistrict 5 of the Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri, first appointed to the board in 1976 to fill a vacancy and then elected to the board seven times, starting in 1978.

Trustee Phil LeVota, who currently represents Subdistrict 5, said: “His unwavering service to the College and community continues to serve as an example for many in public service. Mr. Martin was a strong supporter of education and the impact it has on our community.”

“Mr. Martin was a champion for students and MCC employees. His exemplary service is remarkable and it is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to remember him with such a fitting dedication ceremony,” says MCC’s chancellor, Dr. Kimberly Beatty.

Mr. Martin was a highly regarded leader whose colleagues elected him to four terms as president of the Board of Trustees and three terms as vice president. He was also recognized throughout the state of Missouri when he was awarded the Missouri Community College Association Trustee Leadership Award in 2007. During Mr. Martin’s tenure on the Board of Trustees, MCC grew from three campuses serving residents in nine school districts to five campuses serving 12 school districts.

“The Campus Center building is a vital part of our students’ experience, based on its location and important services housed within,” said MCC-Longview President Kirk Nooks. “The visual reminder for students as they enter the building will be a constant tribute to Mr. Martin and his focus on student success.”

Mr. Martin’s family will be in attendance for the ceremony.