Martin Woods

Director of Student Life, Dean of Students, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

BA, Morehouse College
MA, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

A native of Chicago, Martin L. Woods has extensive experience in education, administration, and leadership. Spending nearly 15 years as Head of Electives for the private and charter school sectors, he created and implemented innovative curricula and provided departmental staff development and coaching. He also has a record of accomplishments in corporate, educational and artistic arenas as a skilled and experienced Arts Administrator and Innovator. He started his educational career in performing arts instruction building on his experience as a classically trained vocalist. His passion for education and engagement with students are fueled by his appreciation of the arts. Martin has performed internationally, including performances on the stages of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, The Goodman Theater. Martin has also performed background vocals for a wide array of mainstream popular artists including Wynton Marsalis, Beyonc√© Knowles, Heather Headley, Michael McDonald, Common, Kim Burrell, and Smokie Norful. 

In his spare time, Martin enjoys singing and attending live music and theater performances throughout the city.