About Brad Martin
R. Brad Martin was named interim president of the University of Memphis effective July 1, 2013 by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan.
Martin is a 1976 graduate of the University of Memphis where he served as Student Government President. While a student at the University, he was elected as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever elected to the Tennessee General Assembly, where he served five terms.
Martin has been involved with the U of M for over four decades. As a member of the House of Representatives, he created and sponsored the legislation which founded the Tennessee Earthquake Information Center at the University of Memphis. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Memphis Foundation. He has been a guest lecturer and speaker at the University on multiple occasions and has taught in the Department of Political Science. He and his family have provided significant financial support for academic and athletic programs at the University of Memphis.
Martin has enjoyed a distinguished business career. He retired in 2007 from his role as Chairman and CEO of retailer, Saks Incorporated, having led that enterprise during an 18-year period of significant growth and value creation. He currently serves as Chairman of the private investment firm, RBM Venture Company, and is a member of the Board of Directors of FedEx Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, First Horizon National Corporation, and Pilot/Flying J.
Martin is Chairman of the R. Brad Martin Family Foundation which provides philanthropic
support to a number of important programs and institutions. Among the interests of
the Foundation is the work of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, housed
at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, which provides world-class professional development
opportunities for K-12 public and private school teachers.
He is the co-author of FIVE STONES: Conquering Your Giants, which was released by Abingdon Press in August of 2013. He previously wrote the children’s book, MYLES’ PESKY FRIENDS.
Martin holds an MBA degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Martin’s wife, Dina, also a U of M graduate, is active in a variety of University, community, and philanthropic programs. Martin is the father of five sons.