Former UO AVP Charles Martinez finalist for OSU President job

Wow this sure takes me back to this blog’s early days. Interestingly OSU has so little trust in their trustees and the Isaacson Miller search firm that the board had to hire *another* firm to do due diligence on IM’s due diligence. I wonder what they dug up on Charles.

A 2010 post on Martinez, who was appointed UO’s first rAVP for Diversity as part of a legal settlement of a discrimination lawsuit against Dave Frohnmayer, is below:

6/3/2010: Martinez makes a lot of his Hispanic background. But he doesn’t speak Spanish.
5/31/2010: See update below on OIED hiring issues, details on this later.
5/25/2010: See update below on NIH grants. Almost unbelievable, but all from
5/23/2010: See update below on Associate Professor / tenure. 
5/20/2010: Here are a few of the problems with current Vice President for Diversity Charles Martinez:

  • No Affirmative Action search for his diversity job: He was appointed as an interim inside hire, and after 5 years UO still has not had an open, public search that followed the standard affirmative action rules. This is an obvious violation of UO’s AA hiring rules. Given that his job is VP for Diversity, it’s also hilarious.
  • No Affirmative Action for his 2009 Associate Professor in the College of Education position either. From what we can tell Provost Bean and Russ Tomlin simply created a new tenured associate professor position out of nothing, just for Martinez. If there was any advertisement, search or any other attempt to follow UO’s AA hiring rules, it’s well hidden.
  • Overcommitment with UO and NIH: He has a 0.75 time appointment at UO. He’s got another 0.65 time job off campus at OSLC. This violates UO’s conflict of commitment rules, common sense, and the law of addition. While supposedly working 0.75 time as UO’s VP for diversity he been the Principal Investigator on $5.3 million in NIH grants, run through OSLC. This means UO does not get the ICC money for these grants, and Martinez can double dip on his salary. During this time Martinez has apparently secured $0 in federal grants for OIED. This is why it’s called a “conflict of commitment.” Provost Bean gives him a special exemption from the rules. Then UO claims the documentation of this exemption is exempt from public disclosure. Right.
  • Tenure: Martinez has worked since 2005 as a non-tenure-track administrator. Last year UO put him up for tenure and made him an associate professor in the Education school, in violation of the UO tenure policies. Provost Bean then refused to show the Faculty Personnel Committee his letter, or even tell them that he had given Martinez tenure – out of embarrassment?
  • No written job description: Last week, 2 years after we asked the UO administration, Martinez did finally come up with a job description, and he even posted it on his web page. Thanks Dr. Martinez, this is step one in an open AA compliant search for your replacement.
  • Performance: Even given the hours he does spend at UO, Martinez has been remarkably ineffective at getting external funding or developing new programs to increase diversity. He’s had this job 5 years, and his contribution has been a series of “Diversity Action Plans” which have cost millions, sucked up huge amounts of faculty, staff, and OA time, and accomplished almost nothing.
  • Hiring problems at OIED: OIED is currently involved in three open searches. (Not for Martinez of course – at UO, open AA compliant searches are just for the little people.) We’ve heard about complaints and AA issues with the procedures for two of these searches.

Now that his longtime ally Melinda Grier bas been summarily fired, Martinez is suddenly,  understandably, and visibly nervous about keeping his $220,000 sweetheart deal. He should be. So he is trying to convince the local diversity groups that he is their only friend at UO, that UO is blocking his diversity efforts, and that his enemies are trying to fire him because they are racist nuts.

Very constructive strategy, Dr. Martinez. Actually, we’re trying to get you fired because we care about diversity, and you have wasted 5 years and millions of dollars while lining your own pockets. Let’s have a public job announcement and an affirmative action compliant open search, and see if you really are the best person to hold this important job. Does that idea scare you?

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6 Responses to Former UO AVP Charles Martinez finalist for OSU President job

  1. honest Uncle Bernie says:

    Effin’ A!

  2. Fishwrapper says:

    One wonders as one peruses the CV’s: how is it that a flagship R1 institution cannot attract someone with commensurate presidential experience who can make it all the way to the finalist round? Is president of OSU now just a gateway opportunity for folks to get experience being an administrator at that level? Perhaps it is the board’s desire to hire someone who will learn about presidenting only under their careful, moulding watch? I’m getting more and more uncomfortable the more I ponder the process – and now the finalists.

  3. Publius says:


    “Through her management of campus crises large and small, Robin has proven herself to be a natural leader who knows how to bring people together to get things done, even in the most challenging circumstances.”


  4. Cheyney Ryan says:

    Note on Robin Holmes as new L + C President:

    U of O Matters commented upon Robin’s departure from the U of O: “My favorite story about Holmes is the time she spent $25K of our student’s money to hire RBI Election Strategies to manipulate our students into voting to raise their own fees, to pay for a gold-plated EMU expansion. It worked, but this stuff didn’t build a lot of trust.”

    At the time, seven other faculty and I had prepared a University Senate motion urging that Holmes be terminated for her role in the basketball-rape crisis, but her departure rendered it unnecessary.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The first person hired as the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity was Dr. Gregory Vincent. He was not informed that his position was created as part of a lawsuit settlement. He is now president of Telladega College.