Dr. Martino Harmon

Vice President for Student Life

University of Michigan

Dr. Harmon was appointed Vice President for Student Life in March 2020. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at Iowa State University. In this role, he provides strategic leadership to the division, which encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of units, offices, and teams on campus that is unique to Iowa State University when compared to other institutions. During his leadership, he created an organizational structure that groups like departments into smaller management units, led by assistant and associate vice presidents, that are directly aligned with division priorities. These units include the Dean of Students Office, Student Success, Student Health and Wellness, and Department of Residence, ISU Dining, Memorial Union and Enrollment Management (enrollment was recently realigned to be a part of Academic Affairs).

His previous appointment at Iowa State University began in 2013 as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. In this role, Dr. Harmon oversaw Enrollment Services, Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Learning Communities, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound programs, as well as the Student Affairs budget and human resources operations.

Prior to serving at Iowa State University, Dr. Harmon was Executive Director of Student Success and Retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio; Dean of Student Development at Rhodes State College, Lima, Ohio; Dean of Admission, Retention, Student Life at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and various leadership positions at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Harmon is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and served on the faculty for the 2019 NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs; the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Student Affairs and currently serves as chair of their program planning committee; the American Association of Universities (AAU) Senior Student Affairs Officers and serves as co-chair of the 2020 conference planning committee; and is a board member of the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc. During his time in Ohio, he held regional and state offices with American College Testing (ACT), the College Board, and the Ohio Board of Regents’ committee on college access. He stays involved in community leadership serving on the board of directors for YSS and United Way of Story County.

Dr. Harmon earned his doctoral degree in higher education and administration (2013), a master’s in education (1998), and a bachelor of business administration degree (1987) from the University of Toledo.