New President Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D., begins tenure at Saint Martin’s
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin's College
warmly welcomed its new president, Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D., to campus
this week. The college is looking forward to a formal inauguration and
accompanying festivities for its eighth president this fall. Details
will be announced as plans are finalized.
One of Astolfi’s first orders of business
will be to guide Saint Martin’s transition from college to university,
which officially occurs Aug. 8. The landmark event will be celebrated
Aug. 30, when students return for the upcoming academic year.
Astolfi comes to Saint Martin’s from
Florida’s Saint Leo University, a fellow Catholic Benedictine
institution, where he served as vice president for academic affairs. He
takes over the Saint Martin’s post from David R. Spangler, Ph.D., who
retired June 30.
Astolfi gained a strong administrative
background in academia before coming to Saint Martin’s. At Saint Leo’s,
he was instrumental in transforming the university into an institution
noted for its academic quality, financial stability and innovation. 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 China’s Changchun University
of Science and Technology. He also was successful in obtaining several
grants crucial for technological advances for faculty and the
university’s academic programs.
Prior to his Saint Leo University post,
he was vice president of academic affairs at Siena College, Loudonville,
N.Y., and earlier served as dean of the undergraduate college at Clark
University, Worcester, Mass. He also has served as director of the
National University Continuing Education Association/National Endowment
for the Humanities. He completed Harvard University’s Institute for
Educational Management in 1991.
Astolfi has had a tandem career as a
history professor, and has numerous publications and presentations to
his credit. His doctorate in history was earned at Northern Illinois
University. He earned his master’s degree in history at The University
of Rochester and his bachelor’s in history from Tufts University.
Astolfi and his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy”
Shields Astolfi, a professional fundraiser in the field of education,
have three children: Andrew, Christopher and Margaret.
Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman
Catholic, co-educational college founded in 1895 by the Benedictine
Order. About 1,100 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.
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