Dr. Martin

Martín Miguel Ahumada is the Founder of the International Center for Higher Education & Philanthropy (ICHEP), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to working within a truly global context to strengthen higher education systems and institutions, promote the culture of philanthropy, and prepare a new and more diverse generation of higher education administrators, policymakers, and instructors.  On December 31, 2008, Mr. Ahumada fulfilled his commitment to serve a ten-year term as the volunteer President of ICHEP, and he is now serving ICHEP as its Special Assistant to the President & Board and its Vice President for Administration & Finance.  His top priorities are to: (1) unite extraordinary individuals and groups—in the corporate, small business, government, philanthropic, and education sectors—around ICHEP’s national and international initiatives in education; (2) complete and publish his book on Native American leadership; (3) begin implementing the Institute for Education & the Federal Workforce; and (4) assist selected countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to strengthen their educational systems and institutions.

Mr. Ahumada is spearheading other ICHEP initiatives, including the Global Summit on Building the University of the Future which brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers in a dynamic process of envisioning the modern global university for any national setting; and the International Summit on Philanthropy and the Global Quest for Social Justice and Peace, which invites influential philanthropic visionaries to address the imperative of transforming the world into a better place through the power of philanthropy.

Mr. Ahumada has served as a faculty member with Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and several of Harvard's professional training institutes, in addition to serving as a lead instructor for renowned training programs in Latin America.  He also served as a guest faculty member with Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he taught and conducted research on the management of schools, colleges, and other nonprofit organizations.  Mr. Ahumada received his Bachelor's degree (in Spanish Literature/Political Science) from Carleton College in Minnesota and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees (in Higher Education Administration) from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He later served the University of Arizona as a professor of higher education administration, as the President’s liaison to all Arizona community colleges, and as Director of International-Intercultural Education.

Martín Ahumada was the first Vice President for Education & Research with the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU), where he worked closely with The White House, members of Congress, leaders of the corporate and philanthropic sectors, and the presidents of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in spearheading new national efforts to improve HSIs.  These efforts focused on new research, leadership development, and other initiatives to strengthen the overall capacities of HSIs to better serve Hispanics.  During his stint with HACU, Mr. Ahumada and Eleanor V. Horne of ETS designed and launched the HACU-ETS Policy Fellowship Program.

An expert on higher education policy and management, Martin Ahumada has held key policy-development or advisory roles at the international level with universities and education ministries in various countries; at the national level with NAHE, HACU, the Education Commission of the States, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association; and at the state level with the California Postsecondary Education Commission.  With the California commission, Mr. Ahumada chaired several state-level task forces and committees that established new state policy in the areas of assessment, financing, diversity, and educational excellence; and he was the senior researcher on a landmark nationwide study of collaboration between community colleges and universities.

Martín Ahumada is the author of numerous publications addressing a wide variety of higher education issues.  His writings and ongoing research address such topics as: diversity in higher education; educational excellence and equity; student financial aid and tuition policies; state-level governance and coordination of higher education; formula budgeting and incentive financing; costing and cost-analysis; the assessment of student, program and institutional outcomes; inter-institutional transfer and articulation; strategic planning; institutional capacity building; higher education data bases and information systems; His current writing interests center on (1) the art and power of transformative leadership; (2) a reinterpretation of the history of American higher education; and (3) the value of international perspectives and models for improving the policy leadership and strategic management of higher education in different national settings.

Martín Ahumada has earned many distinguished awards, including: MAEOPP's 1984 "Outstanding Alumni Award; The 1985 Outstanding Young Men of American Award"; The 1988 "Tomás Rivera Award"; The University of Arizona's 1990 "Outstanding Faculty Award"; Harvard University's 1994 "ALANA Faculty Recognition Award"; The University of Arizona's 1994 “Distinguished Citizen Award”; The 1994-95 "Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans Recognition Award"; and Carleton College's 1997 'Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement."  Among Hispanics in U.S. higher education, he is widely known as a true Hispanic pioneer in his field—for he was the first Hispanic to: (1) earn a Ph.D. in the field of higher education finance, from the nation’s top program in the field; (2) serve as a professional employee of the Education Commission of the States and the California Postsecondary Education Commission, and (3) serve on the faculty of the Harvard Department of Higher Education and the University of Arizona’s Department of Higher Education.

Martín Ahumada completed his K-12 schooling in Tucson, Arizona, where he was raised. He and his wife lveliz—who is a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico—have two daughters, Litzaya and Melibea.  The Ahumada family resides in Tucson.