Photo of Kathleen Boyle, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs
February 27, 2019

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University Board of Trustees has announced that Kathleen “Kate” Boyle, Ph.D., will be the new provost and vice president of academic affairs. Since July 2018, Boyle has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, she was the dean of the College of Education and Counseling, a position she had held since fall 2016.

“Dr. Boyle has made an excellent interim provost here at Saint Martin’s. We are all pleased to see her continue in this role with the support of the faculty and administration,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “She is eminently qualified and I look forward to working with her.”

As provost and vice president of academic affairs, Boyle will be responsible for supporting and enhancing Saint Martin’s academic mission and vision, developing and maintaining open and collaborative relationships with the faculty, ensuring faculty development and support, working with the president, vice presidents and Board of Trustees and building internal and external partnerships. The deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, the College of Education and Counseling and O’Grady Library report to Boyle, as well as offices including Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses, University Registrar, Institutional Research and the Office of International Programs and Development.

“I am humbled and honored to serve in this leadership role at Saint Martin’s University. I appreciate the trust and appreciation for what I bring to this vital role expressed through the support of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Heynderickx and the faculty,” said Boyle.

Before coming to Saint Martin’s, Boyle was at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was chair of the department of leadership, policy and administration, an interdisciplinary academic department that served around 600 students each year in 15 degree programs and in licensure and certificate programs.

At St. Thomas, she also taught in the leadership doctoral program and directed its Master of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs Program. Prior to her post at St. Thomas, she was a visiting assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies and coordinator of master’s programs in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University.

Boyle’s first professional post in higher education was as a residence hall director at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, where she had earlier earned her undergraduate degree in psychology. Positions at Mankato State University, Marquette University and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania developed her interest in student affairs and higher education.

Boyle earned her master’s degree in counseling and student personnel from Minnesota State University – Mankato with an emphasis on college student development. Her doctorate in higher education administration within educational leadership and policy studies was granted from Indiana University – Bloomington. She has completed numerous publications and presentations in her field and has received many awards.

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 26 majors and ten graduate 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.

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