September 19, 2014
Contact: Frank Murray, 542-4835
Dr. Wayne Martin is the 2014 Martin Luther King Spirit Award winner for continuing Dr. King's legacy of positive social change.
Dr. Wayne Martin lives his advocacy for education every day of his life. A retired environmental research scientist at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Wayne mentored graduate students at the lab. He was honored with Battelle’s 2010 Community Stewardship Award for his work in the community, primarily in education. The award is just one in a long line of accolades the multi-faceted Martin has received in his distinguished career.
Wayne was a driving force in establishing the Office of Diversity at CBC. The Office of Diversity helped increase the percentage of Hispanic students so the College could be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The designation led to millions of dollars in federal grants that have benefited all students attending CBC.
Martin served as a board trustee at Columbia Basin College for ten years, served on the WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council, and is currently a member for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
His career has been as distinguished as his community contributions. Wayne conducted, directed, and led research in subsurface contaminate research for nearly 30 years. In 2004, Wayne was named one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science” by Science Spectrum magazine and Career Communications Group, Inc.
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