Saint Martin’s University Announces Stefanie Powell as Vice President of Business and Finance / Chief Financial Officer

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LACEY, Wash. - Following a national search, Saint Martin’s University announced Stefanie Powell as its new Vice President of Business and Finance / Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Powell currently serves as the assistant dean for administration and resource management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

Stefanie Powell

“I am delighted to share Stefanie Powell has accepted our offer to serve as the next Vice President of Business and Finance / CFO,” said University President Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, Ph.D. “She brings vast experience after nearly two decades working in higher education, ranging from finance and human resources to capital renovation and building projects. She will be a great addition to the Saint Martin’s community.” 

Powell began her career in accounting at Deloitte & Touche in Columbus, OH. She first transitioned into higher education in 2003 at Ohio University. In 2007, Powell accepted an auditor position at the University of North Carolina and has worked there since. Along with experience, she also holds two industry certifications: Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Powell earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and completed the Global Competitiveness Program from Regent’s College in London. 

“Throughout the interview process, one thing that spoke to me most was the emphasis on the students and overall community at Saint Martin’s,” said Powell. “I am most excited about getting to know the faculty, staff, and students and learning how I can use my skills and experiences to help them achieve even greater success.” 

The national search was led by a committee comprised of representatives from the Board of Trustees, students, faculty and staff groups. The search launched in September with four finalists visiting campus in early December. 

She and husband Jeff, along with their four children, will move to the Lacey area to start in January. Originally from Texas and then living in North Carolina for the last 15 years, the Powell family is most excited to experience the multiple seasons, outdoor activities, and beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 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 29 majors, 11 graduate programs, and five certificate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing, and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.