Welcome to Saint Martin's University.

Saint Martin's is imbued by the spirit of the Benedictine monks, who established the university in 1895 and who continue to nurture and sustain our community. You will notice that the serenity of the Abbey can be felt throughout our beautiful campus and that your dorm rooms and spaces are made for contemplation, camaraderie, and conversations. I hope you will make the most of these surroundings and allow yourself to develop in mind and body, heart and spirit.

Your faculty and staff, learners like you who also continue to grow and develop, will help you reach your highest potential and achieve success. At Saint Martin’s, you will be known individually to your faculty and staff, and the friendships you form with your peers and mentors will last a lifetime. Your learning and growth will occur not only in the classroom, but through your involvement in co-curricular activities, service opportunities, athletic and intramural sports, residential life, travel opportunities that may take you abroad or to another part of our country, and of course, through your interaction with your peers who have joined you from near and far. Be sure to make use of these many opportunities and to connect with your faculty and staff mentors and teachers. Most importantly, I hope that like many of us here, you will nurture the habit of life-long learning and contribute meaningfully to our community through service and leadership and to the communities you join when you are not in Lacey.

As Provost, I work with faculty and staff to ensure that academic excellence remains a hallmark of our teaching and learning experience at Saint Martin’s University. I hope, therefore, to connect with each of you as you make Saint Martin’s your home for the next few years. And when you see me in the cafeteria or in the hallways, I hope you will stop and tell me how you are doing and if there are ways in which I can help you succeed.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you and to nurturing your growth as a Saint Martin’s Saint!


Molly Smith, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs