Marty Sullivan served as State Museum Director and Assistant Commissioner for Museums from 1983 to 1990. During Marty's tenure as tenth director of the New York State Museum, the Native Peoples of New York Hall opened. In 1989, he was responsible for the return of twelve wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, prior to enactment of federal law.
In addition to leading a number of American museums, Marty served as a member and chairman of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee established by Congress from 1992 to 2000. From 1995 to 2003 he chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Cultural Property, which advises the U.S. government on actions to deter worldwide theft and looting of antiquities. Marty was also a member of the Regents Advisory Council for Museums.
Marty is remembered for his deep respect for communities and advancing the role of American museums as educational treasures. He will be missed.