Former Auburn University President Jim Martin dies

AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn University President James “Jim” Martin died on Saturday, June 3rd, at the age of 84. He was the University’s 14th president from 1984 until he retired in 1992.

Martin’s leadership helped Auburn complete its most successful private capital campaign in the institution’s history at the time, with $111 million in contributions and pledges.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Auburn President Jay Gogue said. “He touched the lives of countless students throughout his career and he had many accomplishments during his time as president and in his other academic positions.”

Martin was born in Vinemont, Alabama, but grew up in Greensboro, Alabama, where he graduated high school. He earned a bachelor’s from Auburn in agricultural management. Martin then went on to earn his master’s and PhD from North Carolina State University and Iowa State University, as well as serving two years in the armed forces.

The Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle will handle the arrangements for his funeral, which will be announced later.