Saint Martin's appoints new arts and sciences dean

June 8, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University announced today that Eric Apfelstadt, Ph.D. will be the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Apfelstadt has over twenty years of experience in Catholic higher education, including dean positions at Santa Clara University and Loyola University Chicago. He currently serves as vice president of The Institute for Greater Roman Education, a private company that provides consulting, custom design, and management services for study abroad programs in Italy. Dr. Apfelstadt will be one of two new deans joining the University; earlier this week, Saint Martin’s also announced Richard Beer, Ph.D. as the new dean of the School of Business.

“Our national search drew a great number of impressive applicants for the position, and we are extremely pleased and honored that Dr. Apfelstadt has accepted our invitation to take a leadership role in this pivotal position,” says Saint Martin’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Bessie, Ph.D. The University’s new College of Arts and Sciences combines the divisions of Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences into a single academic unit. Adds Bessie, “The new College will take charge of creating an even more robust General Education core for Saint Martin’s, and will be the University’s bright beacon for high quality liberal arts education.”

At Santa Clara University, Dr. Apfelstadt served as department chair, head of college advising, director of university honors, and associate dean of arts and sciences. As associate dean, he was responsible for developing academic programs; hiring and developing faculty; and establishing academic policy. He assisted the chairs and directors of the College’s numerous departments and programs with curriculum revision, program assessments, and strategic planning. After Santa Clara, he served as dean and director of Loyola University’s large campus in Rome, Italy, which included over 200 undergraduate students per semester and a sizable international faculty. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the Rome Center, he improved enrollment by twenty percent, initiated a thriving internship program and other service-learning opportunities started a successful summer program for undergraduates and supported visiting professional programs in business, education, law and nursing. In addition, he collaborated with Loyola’s advancement office and worked closely with a large alumni base and other interested benefactors to build support for annual giving, new scholarships and special programs.

Dr. Apfelstadt holds an A.B. in interdisciplinary studies from Indiana State University, and an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University. He met his wife, Rebecca Edwards, at Princeton, where she took her M.F.A. and Ph.D. in music history.

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 extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University