North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. has been named to the 2015 “EBONY Power 100” list, joining the ranks of some of the most influential African Americans in the world.
Each year EBONY magazine and Johnson Publishing Company celebrate 100 of the world’s most influential African Americans who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents the best in Black America. Martin was named to the Power 100 list for his outstanding vision, wisdom and dynamic leadership at North Carolina A&T State University, and his life-long commitment as a game-changer in higher education. He will be honored along with the 99 other awardees on Dec. 2, in Los Angeles.
“For nearly three quarters of a century, EBONY magazine has told the diverse stories that highlight African American perspective, culture and people,” Martin said. “I am truly honored to be named among the Power 100.”
This year’s list includes the likes of corporate leaders such as Coca Cola Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kathy N. Waller and J.C. Penny Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison; U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch; journalists NBC’s Lester Holt and BuzzFeed News’ Shani O. Hilton; actors Viola Davis and Jada Pinkett Smith; activists Bree Newsome and Jesse Williams; and musicians John Legend, Prince and J. Cole.
In 2009, Martin became N.C. A&T’s first alumnus to serve as the institution’s chief administrator. Drawing from his experiences as a student, educator and administrator, he has brought to the university visionary leadership and a commitment to build upon the university’s 125-year legacy of excellence in academics, research and outreach by establishing and cultivating a culture of innovation and preeminence.
A native of Winston Salem, N.C., Martin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees from A&T, and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is married to the former Davida Wagner, county attorney for Forsyth County, N.C., and they are the parents of two sons, Harold Jr. and Walter.