Cornelius Martin Tribute at WKU

By Ryan Dearbone | 

President Gary Ransdell said Thursday's memorial service wasn't one for mourning, but a day of celebration of his friend's life and times.

Martin's colleagues, as well as his family told the crowd of the man they called a "visionary" and a "leader."

Former Board of Regents Chair, Peggy Loafman said her favorite memory of Martin was when they were both on the University's Presidential Selection Committee back in 1997.

"Seeing him put forth such an effort to make sure the right person was hired and to keep us all on track to keep us looking for the perfect person for that position."

Martin's daughter, Amber, remembered her father as a man who showed her many things in life and will leave a lasting legacy.

"Definitely a person who gave back to the community and also just a business leader in the community. Also a man who valued diversity."

At the end of the program, a newly-planted tree along with a marker commemorating Martin's two terms as president of the Board of Regents was unveiled.