Lynn’s dean of students to focus on health, safety and community engagement

Martin has worked for Lynn’s Student Life department for nearly 20 years

Published Aug. 21, 2013

Gary MartinGary Martin was recently named Lynn University’s dean of students. He assumes this role following his positions as Lynn’s associate dean of students (2006-2013) and Lynn’s director of the Counseling Center (2001-2006) within the university’s Student Life department. Martin originally joined Lynn in 1994, 19 years ago, as a practicum student while attending Nova Southeastern University.

“Our overall priority remains student health and safety,” said Martin, who also served as a detective with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. “As a result of my law enforcement experience, I have come to view ‘Prevention’ (based on situational awareness and reasonable deterrent action) as the superior campus safety/security philosophy.”

In addition to overseeing the health and safety of each Lynn student, Martin and his team are dedicated to building a strong university community by involving every student in a club, an organization, a team or other campus group.

“Developing and maintaining a true sense of community is among the most important functions of the dean of students. It is our belief that every student carries a passion for an issue, an activity or a cause,” said Martin. “Uncovering and tapping into his or her passion creates positive energy, community engagement and a sense of purpose.”

The Dean of Students encourages:

  1. Feelings of Safety – You are cared for here.
  2. Feelings of Value – You are important here.
  3. Feelings of Belonging – You fit in here.
  4. Feelings of Equality – You are treated fairly here. 
  5. Feelings of Responsibility to each other – You have obligations here.

“I hope that students will continue to see me as their advocate and as a person willing to stop and listen to their concerns and to their successes,” said Martin.

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Gary Martin, dean of students at Lynn University, has been with Lynn since 1994. He is also a veteran homicide detective of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and a 1976 “Guinness Book of World Records” yo-yo champ. He earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 1994 and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2003. 

Martin is knowledgeable on the topic of depression and suicidal thoughts among college students. He is the founding member, program speaker and vice president of the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (N.O.P.E.) Task Force. Annually, he organizes the N.O.P.E. National Candle Light Vigil on Lynn's campus, and in 2012, N.O.P.E. presented overdose risk awareness to college students at 17 universities. 

In addition, Martin led the charge for Florida’s “911 Good Samaritan Law” that provides limited immunity from drug-possession charges when a drug-related overdose victim or a witness to an overdose seeks medical assistance.

Martin can speak to media regarding: risk factors and warning signs associated with violent behavior; college students and addiction (as a disease); drug overdose death; and the rising concern of prescription drug abuses on campuses across the nation.