Search begins for next president of Saint Martin’s University

October 26, 2007

Board of Trustees to form search committee

The Saint Martin’s University Board of Trustees has begun the search process to find the University’s next president.

During its quarterly meeting today, the board approved the formation of a presidential selection committee to find a replacement for Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D. Last week, Astolfi announced plans to resign from the presidency at the end of the 2007-08 academic year.

Chaired by board member Richard Panowicz, the search committee will include representatives from the University’s Board of Trustees, Abbey, faculty, staff and student body.

The board also approved the hiring of a search firm to help conduct the nationwide search for candidates. The board has not yet selected a firm, nor has it set a deadline for making the hire. “The previous process took about six months,” said Tom G. Huff, past chairman of the board. “We will attempt to do as well or better.”

“With the challenge of a search process comes the opportunity to look back on our incredible progress and look forward to our future growth,” commented Ken F. Parsons, Sr., who took the office of board chairman this morning. “As the process gets underway, the board will remain focused on its goal of making Saint Martin’s a top-notch, vibrant institution.”

“Saint Martin’s is a dynamic place right now, and the campus is transforming,” Parsons added. “A new residence hall is underway, and a new academic building, athletic fields and recreation facilities are on the horizon. The board is thrilled to be a part of those changes.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

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Jennifer Fellinger
Saint Martin’s University