Martin “Marty” Andreas

Martin “Marty” Andreas


Mount Mercy’s longest-serving board member and chair of the University’s Finance and Investment Committee, which he established, Martin “Marty” Andreas was a man of vision, enthusiasm, and compassion. He served the Board of Trustees for 40 years with distinction, leaving behind a legacy of financial management that changed the course of Mount Mercy’s future and positively impacted thousands of students’ lives.

Marty was a key executive in the management of ADM for 35 years and played a significant leadership role in the community. In retirement, he ran his family’s investment business with his two sons and dedicated himself to two of his favorite lifetime hobbies, gardening and photography. Marty and his wife, Leesa, concentrated their efforts on giving back through community organizations they felt were making a difference.

Marty saw his philanthropic role at Mount Mercy in a very similar light to his role as a gardener—planting the endowment and watching it grow over the years. His gift to Mount Mercy, in the form of a charitable lead trust, enabled the building of three new apartment-style residence halls on campus, known as the Andreas House.

It’s quite fitting, then, that Mount Mercy dedicated a memorial garden in Marty’s name—Andreas Garden—shortly after he passed. So generous with his time, talent, and treasure, Marty will be missed by many, but he leaves a significant legacy for generations to come.