The New President of Predominantly Black Martin University Is a Proven Fundraiser

Algeania Freeman was named president of Martin University in Indianapolis. She is only the second president of the university, which was founded 30 years ago by Boniface Hardin, a Catholic priest, to educate nontraditional students. The average age of a Martin University student is 40. About 95 percent of the university’s 600 students are black.

Dr. Freeman was chosen from among 66 candidates. The trustees were impressed with her fundraising credentials. Freeman, who holds a Ph.D. in communications from Ohio State University, previously served as president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. During her three years at Livingstone College she raised $20 million and increased enrollments by 12 percent.