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Executive Dean

Marti Fessenden

Marti Fessenden brings a unique 30-year career in law, higher education administration and non-profit leadership.  She has practiced law for more than 24 years, most recently with Console Law Offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Marti’s college administration career began at Emory University where she held several campus life administration positions before leaving to start her law career in Philadelphia.

Marti has a wealth of international travel and programmatic experience.  She sailed on three Semester at Sea voyages as a Resident Director in 1988, and Assistant Executive Dean in 1996 and 2011 – on three different ships.  She also has traveled independently around the world by backpack. At the conclusion of the Summer 2014 voyage, she will have had the great fortune to have explored 43 countries.  She happily will be sailing again with her partner and nearly 11-year-old daughter.

Throughout her years in legal practice, Marti concurrently remained involved in non-profit leadership and higher education.  She has served as an adjunct professor for Emory University School of Law.  She successfully combined her love of working with college students, athletics, and volunteering in the national non-profit sector by serving as the Chairperson for the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and other key governance committees.  She remains a volunteer leader with the organization. She is a former board member and Chair for the Oakhurst Community Garden Project / Wylde Center in Decatur, GA and continues to promote organic gardening and farm-to-school initiatives throughout her community.  Marti also is a certified girls’ and women’s lacrosse umpire.

Marti holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.  She earned her Masters of Education from the University of Florida where she also holds a Bachelor in Psychology.  Marti is a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame for her achievements in campus life leadership.