Jack Martin is the next emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools.
At an announcement Monday in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder and current emergency manager Roy Roberts, said Martin's new role is effective immediately.
“Detroiters and Michiganders alike are thankful for Roy's leadership, and we are deeply committed to continue improving the city’s educational system,” Snyder said. “The students, teachers, administrators and families of Detroit Public Schools have benefitted from Roy’s work on fiscal stability and improving academic standards and school safety. There is still work to be done, and Jack Martin’s problem-solving skills, expertise and strong management and leadership abilities will help continue the positive transformation of Detroit Public Schools.”
The former General Motors executive guided the academically and financially struggling district since 2011.
During his tenure, Roberts reduced the deficit by $251 million and produced consecutive balanced budgets with operating surpluses. DPS has also increased the graduation rate by 5 percent under Roberts’ leadership, with five schools posting graduation rates of 90 percent or higher. The district’s MEAP scores improved, too, gaining as much as 11 percent in reading and 6 percent in mathematics.
About Jack Martin:
A native Detroiter, DPS graduate and respected public servant, Martin brings critical expertise in finance and public education to the district. A practicing certified public accountant for more than 40 years, Martin has not only run his own accounting firm, but also served three U.S. presidents during that period. He served as chief financial officer/chief acquisition officer/chief procurement officer for the U.S. Department of Education and held a concurrent appointment as acting director of the U.S. Selective Service System under President George W. Bush. Martin also served Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as chair of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board of the Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, he held the position of chief financial officer for the city of Detroit. Prior to his work at the city, Martin served as emergency manager of Highland Park Schools. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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