Saint Martin's forms new College of Education and Professional Psychology

July 8, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University announced today that its College of Education and its graduate program in professional counseling have been joined to form a new academic unit, the College of Education and Professional Psychology (CEPP). The move is part of a strategic reorganization of the academic units at Saint Martin’s. Last month, the University announced that the undergraduate divisions of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Science and Mathematics would be combined to form the new College of Arts and Sciences.

“This move brings together faculty and programs with a number of similar and complementary aims and interests,” says Saint Martin’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joseph Bessie.

In addition to three masters programs—Master of Education, Master in Teaching, and now Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology—the college will continue to house the University’s strong undergraduate, certification-only, and other graduate programs in teacher education, together with its well-regarded school counseling and school administrator programs.

Adds Joyce Westgard, Ed.D., dean of CEPP, “With the coalescing of the education programs and the professional psychology program, we’re joining two very strong professional areas into one College. The reorganization will combine the strengths of each separate area and allow greater alignment for even further program growth and development. We look forward to continuing our tradition of high quality education and providing greater opportunities for our current and future students.” Before the reorganization, Westgard served as dean of Saint Martin’s College of Education since 1993.

For more information about the College of Education and Professional Psychology and the undergraduate programs in education, contact Joyce Westgard at 360-438-4333. For more information about the Master of Education and the Master in Teaching programs, contact Steve Siera at 360-438-4589; for more information about the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, contact Godfrey Ellis at 360-438-4561.

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