As a young man just out of high school and entering the Air Force, Dr. Bobby Martin didn't see the value of continued education. He spent his free time at parties instead of libraries. When he left the military after four years, he was faced with the reality that no one would hire him. He was married, with a child and doing odd jobs. He decided to return to the military, but with a different mindset.
"I had experienced what it was like to be under-educated, so I figured let's see what it's like to be educated," Martin said.
Martin took his first college class in 1983 and didn't stop until he had his PhD from NCU in 2012. Along his journey, Martin earned an Associate in Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and a Master of Aeronautical Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and finally a PhD in Business Administration from NCU. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college.
Today, Martin is instilling the love of learning in others as an associate professor for both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Phoenix. He is also a program manager with Honeywell Defense and Space.
Martin chose NCU for his doctoral program because he needed the flexibility provided by a 100% online school with no residency requirement.
"I didn't even know about NCU when I first started looking," he said. "I stumbled upon it, but things get dropped in your lap for a reason."
Martin's credo is, "If your attitude is such that only smarter people have something to teach you, you're lacking in humility. If however, you have a humble eagerness to learn something from everybody, you will." - Unknown