ST. PETERSBURG — The Poynter Institute has hired Christine Martin, a former vice president of university relations, to head its new foundation.
Martin will work with Poynter president Karen B. Dunlap and Brian Tierney, foundation board chair, to increase philanthropic support for the institute. She also has been named vice president for external relations and will be part of the organization's senior management team.
Martin was hired from West Virginia University, where she was vice president for university relations. She previously had been dean of the university's Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. While at the university, she co-directed Poynter's summer college journalism program from 1997 to 2004.
"I couldn't be happier to have Chris return to Poynter in this new role," Dunlap said in a news release.
"Poynter has always been the lodestar in my career, a bright light guiding my best work and smartest decisions," Martin said in a statement.
"This new position gives me a wonderful opportunity to combine my love for journalism, my passion for marketing and relationship building … and my love for Poynter."
As vice president of university relations, she helped West Virginia's foundation achieve record fundraising for fiscal year 2011-2012, reaching $173 million in contributions.
Paul Tash, chairman of Poynter's board of trustees and chairman and chief executive officer of the Times Publishing Co., headed the search team.
"Our thorough search brings us to a leader and a steadfast friend of Poynter," he said in a statement. "Chris will help enlarge the circle of supporters who are glad to be part of Poynter's vital work."
The Poynter Institute, founded in 1975, is one of the nation's top schools for professional journalists and news media leaders, future journalists, journalism teachers and citizens. It owns the Tampa Bay Times.