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Dr. Benjamin Martin named assistant vice president at HPU New Braunfels Center

Dr. Benjamin MartinBROWNWOOD – March 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University has named Dr. Benjamin Martin, 2004 HPU graduate, as assistant vice president at HPU’s New Braunfels Center. Dr. Martin will assume leadership of the center in March, filling the position vacated by Dr. Dale Meinecke in 2017. The public is invited to meet Dr. Martin on April 9 during a come-and-go reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels.

Based in Brownwood for almost 130 years, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. In fall 2016, the center opened a new facility in the city and is planning to build a permanent residential campus in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

“My family and I have experienced God’s grace and mercy in many ways over our lifetime, and we believe this opportunity with Howard Payne University is another gracious gift from God,” said Dr. Martin. “We are excited about the future opportunities for Howard Payne University and our family in New Braunfels.”

Upon graduating from HPU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies and business, Dr. Martin earned a Master of Higher Education Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University (2007) and a Doctor of Higher Education Administration degree from Texas Tech University (2016).

He has served in a variety of higher education roles since 2008, most recently as assistant dean of student services and director of recruiting at Western Texas College in Snyder. Additionally, he has taught college courses at Texas Tech University and Western Texas College including resource management, economics, learning frameworks and workforce management.

He is a city council member in Snyder and has served in a variety of civic and professional associations including the Texas Distance Learning Association, Texas Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers, Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administration and the Texas Municipal League. He has also served as a high school student-athlete mentor, United Way volunteer, Snyder Chamber of Commerce committee member and volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

“We’re honored to employ one of our own graduates to assume this leadership role at HPU’s New Braunfels Center,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Dr. Martin is well suited to assist HPU in the realization of a full academic, residential community in New Braunfels.”

Dr. Tew thanked Dr. Daniel Rivera, the center’s interim director, for his effective leadership. Dr. Rivera, who has many years’ experience in both higher education administration and Christian ministries, has served as interim director of the New Braunfels Center since October 2017. Dr. Rivera’s higher education experience includes roles at American InterContinental University, the Baptist University of the Américas, Texas State Technical College System and Delgado College. He additionally served as president of the Valley Baptist Academy, regional director of development for Buckner Baptist Benevolences and, most recently, president of ABBA Ministries.

For more information about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit, call 830-629-2366 or e-mail


Cutline: HPU recently named Dr. Benjamin Martin, 2004 HPU graduate, as assistant vice president at the university’s New Braunfels Center.

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