Attorney Florentino L. Martinez was one of the persons who initiated the founding of Southern Christian College. As one of the founders of the College, he was conferred the first director and chosen as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southern Christian College in 1949-1950. Atty. Martinez felt that serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in a concurrent capacity gave him enough rewards and challenges. However, he thought it was wiser to choose only one position, and gave up the directorship. He then decided to retain his chairmanship of the BOT and resigned as Director on August 5, 1950.