Rick Panowicz and Brian Charneski named new Chair and Vice Chair of Saint Martin’s Board of Trustees

November 19, 2009

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University recently announced that A. Richard Panowicz is the new chairman and Brian Charneski is the new vice chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. Panowicz succeeds Ken Parsons who served as chair for two years.

Panowicz holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Washington. He was president of TAB Northwest for 20 years. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp. He is a past president of the Hands on Children’s Museum, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and Providence St. Peter’s Community Board (for two terms). He is a member of the Olympia Rotary and the Round Table of Thurston County. He is also on the board of The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and heads their marketing committee. He has been a member of Saint Martin’s Board of Trustees since 2004. His father was on Saint Martin’s Board of Trustees for 12 years.

“I believe that Saint Martin’s is a community devoted to creating an educational environment where faith, reason, and service come together to shape people who can change the world,” shared Panowicz.

Charneski holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Seattle University. He serves as the president of L&E Bottling Company in Olympia and chairman of Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC, a regional beverage manufacturing cooperative headquartered in Tumwater. He is also director and past chairman of both the Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association and the Washington Beverage Association. He is a director of Heritage Financial Corporation. He has served on the boards of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and The Community Foundation of the South Puget Sound. Charneski has been a member of Saint Martin’s Board of Trustees since 2004 and succeeds Rick Panowicz as Vice Chairman.

“We are fortunate to have community leaders such as Rick Panowicz, Brian Charneski, and Ken Parsons step forward and help support Saint Martin’s,” said University president Roy Heynderickx. “Rick’s and Brian’s appointments will continue the tradition of great leadership on our Board of Trustees.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-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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