Saint Martin's University President selected to serve on national college board

March 12, 2007

LACEY, Washington – Dr. Douglas Astolfi, president of Saint Martin’s University, has been selected to be a member of the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) beginning in June 2007.

ACCU is a Washington, D.C. based higher education association representing the more than 230 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. The purpose of the association is to promote Catholic higher education and to serve as the voice of Catholic higher education in the United States.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the ACCU board,” Astolfi stated. “This organization is an important national higher education forum, and I look forward to bringing St. Martin’s to the forefront of discussions concerning Catholic and Benedictine education. In addition, I will bring the context of those national discussions back to the members of the SMU community.”

According to the ACCU, Catholic colleges and universities account for half of all students enrolled in faith-based institutions of higher education in the United States; and Catholic colleges and universities in the United States account for half of all the Catholic universities in the world.
Catholic college and university enrollment increased in the 1990s by 18.8%, a rate that is almost three times the national average over the same time period (7%). An average of 65% of students at Catholic colleges and universities are Catholic.

In the United States, Catholic institutions of higher learning include: 4 medical schools, 26 Law schools, 17 schools of engineering, 81 schools of nursing, 177 schools of education, 19 women's colleges, 3 Carnegie Classified research universities, 13 doctoral universities, and 2 aviation programs.

Through research, collecting and coordinating data, publications, and conferences, ACCU encourages and facilitates sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions. ACCU’s journal, Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, is published semi-annually, and its electronic newsletter, Update, quarterly.

Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. A Catholic, Benedictine university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,100 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main campus, and 600 more to three extension campuses. For more information, visit


For additional information:

Anne Kirske
Interim communication director
Saint Martin’s University