Alumnus Believes in Life-Changing Support


A native of Forest, Virginia, Curtis Martin became the first in his family to graduate from college. Curtis attended Radford from 1988-1992, earning his B.B.A. in marketing. “RU provided the best fit for my personal and academic growth,” Martin says. “I felt that the professors were invested in my success and fostered a positive learning environment.” His fellow Highlanders also taught him how to appreciate different cultures and opinions, helping prepare him for his career in law.

Martin practices law in Atlanta at Miller & Martin PLLC. There, he focuses on business and employment litigation with both state and nation-wide clients. He serves on numerous professional and civic boards and volunteers through pro bono and civic opportunities.

Recently, Martin visited campus and was impressed by the university’s growth. Motivated by President Penelope Kyle and Dean Kate Hawkins’ common desire to enhance the quality of education at RU, Martin made a significant contribution to the college by providing the lead gift for the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) Scholarship Fund for Student Success.

“I want to ensure that other students with similar backgrounds (i.e. small town, first to attend college, etc.) can take advantage of the same opportunities for success that were provided to me,” Martin says. “RU provided the foundation for my professional success, so it’s important for me to stay connected and give back so that other students can also benefit from all that the university has to offer.”

Hawkins says that this gift will make a difference for current and future students in the college. “We are so thankful to Curtis and the Martin family for their generosity, which will help us to provide the kind of transformational experiences for our students we know will help to change the trajectory of their lives in a positive way.”