Saint Martin’s University names new president

Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., to become University’s tenth president

November 21, 2008

Lacey, Washington—Ken F. Parsons, chairman of the board of trustees of Saint Martin’s University announced today that Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., will be the University’s new president.

“Heynderickx’s ability and skills, honed from his extensive senior level management experience in Catholic higher education, will make him an effective leader for Saint Martin’s,” said Ken F. Parsons, Sr., board chair. “The board of trustees is confident that Heynderickx will set a positive tone and build collegiality within the Saint Martin’s community.”

Parsons also commented that Dr. Heynderickx is “a well-spoken straight talker, who understands the importance of strategic planning, goal setting and follow through.”

Heynderickx currently serves as the vice president for finance and administration at the University of San Diego and will assume his duties as Saint Martin’s tenth president on January 1, 2009.

“Dr. Heynderickx will be well received by the Saint Martin’s University community, and his Pacific Northwest roots are a real plus,” said Parsons.

“Saint Martin’s is a wonderful institution with a strong Benedictine tradition. The beauty of the campus and the wonderful spirit that exists in the faculty, students and staff impressed me. I look forward to joining the community and helping it become a stronger institution, building on its core values and developing new resources and programs,” said Heynderickx.

“Kathleen and I look forward to returning to the Northwest and starting our new life in Lacey and Olympia,” he added.

Heynderickx has worked in Catholic higher education for over 28 years, 15 of which have been at the senior management level. In his current position, Heynderickx is responsible for a division of over 400 staff members and oversees the University of San Diego’s finance and administration division including endowment investments, facilities management and the budget. At the University of Portland, Heynderickx participated in a major institutional strategic planning process that led to a significant redirection of the University’s focus resulting in a strengthened institution.

Heynderickx also serves as an evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the body which accredits institutions of higher learning. As an evaluator, he has focused on smaller colleges and universities giving him a unique understanding of Saint Martin’s.

A native of the Northwest, Heynderickx earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oregon in 1975, an M.B.A. from the University of Portland in 1983, and his Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Oregon in 1992. Heynderickx and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 26 years and have three children: Marc, 24; Troy, 22; and Kathryn, 17.

Heynderickx succeeds Bryan M. Johnston, J.D. who died in June just prior to assuming his role as president replacing Douglas Astolfi, Ph.D.

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 student 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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Stephen C. McGlone
Saint Martin’s University