Saint Martin's announces new vice president for finance

August 25, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University announced today that Susan Heltsley will be the new vice president for finance. Heltsley has over 15 years of experience in finance. Her most recent position was as an associate consultant with Sterling Associates, where she established herself as a financial management and modeling expert. Prior to that role, she worked as the planning project manager at Russell Investment Group for seven years. She has also held various finance positions for different state agencies, including budget manager for the Washington State Department of Licensing and budget assistant to the Governor in the Washington State Office of Financial Management.

“I am very excited to be back at Saint Martin’s,” says Heltsley. “This will be my second return to the University; the first time I came back was for my master’s degree. Dr. Heynderickx's vision for Saint Martin’s and the energy it has created on campus convinced me that I wanted to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to helping make his vision a reality.” Heltsley earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1990 and her MBA in 2003, both at Saint Martin's.

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize one of our own alumni and have them take on this key leadership role,” says Saint Martin’s President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “Susan's strong analytical and communication skills will be important as the University begins to dive into its new five-year strategic plan. ”

As vice president for finance, Heltsley will serve as the chief financial officer for the University. Among her responsibilities will be to oversee budget, audits and banking relationships, contracts, payroll, and facilities. Heltsley will officially assume her new role at Saint Martin's on October 1.

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 22 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.

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