Former colleagues of Athletics’ Director of Special Projects and Internal Operations Kevin Martin came together at the Vadalabene Center on Saturday, Sept. 12, to share stories and memories of the man who’s spent 20 years serving the university.
Martin was only appointed to his job as Athletics’ Director of Special Projects and Internal Operations in January. Prior to this, he had spent his time working for the school as the Director of Foundation Operations at the University Foundation.
When he was speaking at the memorial, SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook said he knew Martin was excited to move on in his relatively new position at the University.
“When we were discussing the things he might do – the kinds of things he could accomplish with his skillset here – he was just genuinely excited. I’m sad that he didn’t have a longer period to do that with Athletics,” Pembrook said.
When he was speaking at the Memorial, Director of Athletics Tim Hall said despite only knowing Martin for 11 months, it felt like much longer than that.
“We had a fabulous conversation that was scheduled for 45 minutes and went on for 90. I came away from that visit feeling like we had known each other for many years … My only regret is that I did not have the honor and privilege to know Kevin longer,” Hall said.
Students interested in watching the service can do so here.