Hall of Distinction
Congratulations to Manuel Martins "Manny" on being named our 2016 inductee.
Manny Martins inducted into MMC Hall of Distinction
PULASKI, Tenn.—Manuel Martins “Manny”, a 1967 graduate of Martin Methodist College (MMC), was added to the college’s illustrious Hall of Distinction on May 6 for his dedicated service to the people of Tennessee.
The Martin Methodist College Hall of Distinction was established by the alumni group in 1980. An inductee to the Hall of Distinction must be an alumnus/alumna or friend who has made a significant contribution to Martin Methodist College through employment, service, or donation. An inductee can also be an alumnus/alumna who has brought significant honor to the College by substantial personal achievement in profession, avocation, or community service.
As a dedicated and skilled public servant, Martins is the epitome of service. He has faithfully served the people of the state of Tennessee in some capacity all of his adult life, at times when he came under pressure by lobbyists and the politicians they represented for the work he was trying to accomplish. He was a key person in the development and administration of TennCare. He is a former director of Medicaid in Tennessee and was the visionary in getting the infant formula industry to offer a reduced cost for Tennessee’s WIC Program participants, resulting in additional coverage for thousands of infants.
Martins has been married to Pulaski, Tenn., native Mary Jo Harwell Martins for 47 years, and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.
Who can be inducted into the Hall of Distinction
An inductee to the Hall of Distinction must be an alumnus/na or friend who has made a significant contribution to Martin Methodist College, through employment, service or donation. An inductee can also be an alumnus/na who has brought significant honor to the College by substantial personal achievement in profession, avocation or community service.
Submit your nomination
Nominations must be received by March 1st of each year. To submit a nominee, please visit the link below.