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Martin named Distinguished Alumni Award winner

May 19, 2017

Pictured from left: Wayne Martin and Dr. Bob Albert, College of Business and Technology dean
Credit Morehead State University

Wayne Martin was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award during Morehead State University’s College of Business and Technology Banquet.

“I was thrilled when the faculty selected Wayne as this year’s recipient,” said Dr. Bob Albert, dean of the college. “He had an impressive career which makes him a most worthy recipient of this recognition. He is truly an outstanding role model for our students.”

Martin, of Winchester, is a television consultant.  Previously, he served as regional vice president for Gray Television Inc., president of Gray Kentucky Television Inc., which operates WKYT-TV in Lexington, WYMT-TV in Hazard, and WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, all in Kentucky, and president of WVLT-TV, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Martin began his career in broadcast television management at WYMT, where he was general sales manager and general manager.

Before entering broadcasting, Martin had a successful career as a college and high school basketball coach.  As head coach at Morehead State University from 1978-1987, he led the Eagles to two NCAA tournaments.  At Pikeville College, where he was head coach and athletic director, Martin’s teams made three national tournament appearances.  He also served as assistant basketball coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and head basketball coach and business teacher at Pikeville High School.

Additionally, Martin serves as the vice-chair of MSU’s Board of Regents and recently chaired the presidential search committee resulting in the appointment of Dr. Jay Morgan as the university’s 14th president.

Martin graduated with honors from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in business, a Master of Arts in Education and Rank I Administrative Certification.

Additional information is available by contacting MSU’s College of Business and Technology at 606-783-2174.