UNI Administrator Killed in Fall at Backbone State Park
Drake Martin, the University of Northern Iowa's assistant director for residence education, was killed while hiking Saturday.
Drake Martin, 62, assistant director for residence education at the University of Northern Iowa, was killed in a fall while hiking Saturday at Backbone State Park in Delaware County.
The university released the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague Drake Martin, UNI assistant director for residence education. Our thoughts and prayers are with Drake’s family and friends.
During his 30 years at UNI, Drake positively affected the lives of thousands of UNI students. He was a compassionate person, a thoughtful student affairs administrator and a committed leader. Along the way he was a great friend, mentor and colleague to many, many staff, faculty and community members. He will be missed.
In 2011, he won a Diversity Matters Award from UNI, given to those whose efforts help the university achieve its diversity-related goals. UNI's website entry on that award said the following:
According to his nominator, Martin challenges his peers to be open-minded and think about all sides of an issue, but always ensures a comfortable environment for everyone. His nominator also highlighted that Martin is genuine and caring, and his love of learning is reflected when he is with others.
“I’m proud of Drake’s commitment and hard work,” said Vice President Terry Hogan. “He is a creative program planner and effective educator who has maintained his enthusiasm for helping students to grow.”
Martin was also an active member of Orchard Hill Lutheran Church, KWWL reported.