Saint Martin’s president named to board of U.S. Catholic China bureau
July 21, 2005
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin's College President
Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D., is the newest member of the United States
Catholic China Bureau’s board of directors.
The bureau, founded in 1989, promotes friendship and
communication with the people of China, and encourages understanding
among American Catholics about the Catholic Church and its members in
that country. It also supports the U.S. Catholic Church’s recommitment
through a new missionary partnership with the Chinese Catholic Church.
The bureau’s activities include a biannual National Catholic China
Conference; religious study tours to China; and lecture and seminar
Astolfi was elected to a three-year term on the
board because of his “sustained interest in China and extensive
leadership experience in Catholic higher education,” said William
McConville, O.F.M., who chairs the board.
As a board member, Astolfi will help advise and
guide the bureau as it works to improve relations and develop
activities, as well as work to assure that the bureau has the financial
resources to maintain its service programs to the Catholic Church in
Astolfi, who began his presidency at Saint Martin’s
July 1, is a longtime supporter of international education and its
increasing importance for today’s students. As vice president for
academic affairs at Florida’s Saint Leo University, he was instrumental
in landing a Freeman Foundation grant to establish a center for
entrepreneurial studies in China in partnership with Changchun
University of Science and Technology. He also led efforts to open four
undergraduate and graduate programs in China and Singapore.
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