Saint Martin’s College announces new president

March 31, 2005

Lacey, Wash. - The Saint Martin’s College board of trustees announced today that Douglas Michael Astolfi, Ph.D., will be the new college president as of July 1, 2005.

Astolfi currently serves as vice president for academic affairs at Saint Leo University, a Catholic, Benedictine institution in Saint Leo, Fla. He will replace David R. Spangler, Ph.D., who will be retiring June 30, after serving 21 years as president.

“The board of trustees is very excited to have someone with Dr. Astolfi's experience and enthusiasm coming to Saint Martin's,” board of trustees Chairwoman Mary E. Gentry said. “He brings with him all the academic background and management skills to lead our complex institution. We believe he will be a very good fit for the college community."

Astolfi has 30 years of college administration experience, having served prior to his position at Saint Leo University as dean of the undergraduate college at Clark University, Worcester, Mass., from 1983-1992, and as vice president of academic affairs at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., from 1992-1997. He is married to Elizabeth “Betsy” Shields Astolfi and has three children: Andrew, Christopher and Margaret.

Astolfi said he is both honored and humbled to have been chosen to succeed Spangler as president.

“Because of the hard work and dedication of President Dave Spangler, I will be coming to a college that has a firm foundation and the promise of steady growth,” Astolfi said today. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to lead a college whose mission and core values resonate with my personal values.”

“Saint Martin’s deep commitment to its rich Benedictine traditions, coupled with the community’s dedication to offer every student a practical, liberal arts-based education, provides a strong foundation on which we can build,” he continued. “I am looking forward to working in partnership with our board, our campus community, and the college’s alumni and many friends, to serve our students. I am committed to excellent, accessible education, and to advancing Saint Martin’s quality and reputation in Washington and beyond.”

Since 1997, Astolfi has overseen all academic schools, including four academic deans, divisions and programs at Saint Leo University. Among his accomplishments at Saint Leo University, he was instrumental in securing a $300,000 Freeman Foundation grant to develop a university economic development center and a center for entrepreneurial studies in partnership with Changchun University of Science and Technology in China. He also obtained a $150,000 Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation grant to provide faculty development and academic affairs web-based programs.

Astolfi earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University in 1965, a master’s degree in history from The University of Rochester in 1967, and a doctorate in history from Northern Illinois University in 1972. He also has studied at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic, co-educational college founded in 1895 by the Benedictine Order. About 1,000 students are enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs at the college’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base and Olympic College. Academically grounded in the liberal arts, the college offers 22 baccalaureate and six graduate degree programs.

Holly Harmon
Director, Office of Communication

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