View of Saint Martin's campus
March 17, 2015

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University welcomes Cecelia Loveless as the new vice president for institutional advancement.

Loveless has 18 years of experience in higher education, including more than 10 years in fundraising and administration. As the Vice President for Planning and College Advancement at South Puget Sound Community College, Loveless established a strong fundraising plan, significantly growing the college’s endowments, rebranding the college’s fundraising event and increasing event revenue by 400 percent. In addition, Loveless led the College through the final stages of their strategic plan and recent accreditation visit from the Northwest Commission on Community Colleges and Universities.

“We are very pleased to have Cecelia join Saint Martin’s. She is the right leader for this important, strategic role for the University,” says President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.

As vice president for institutional advancement, Loveless will serve as the chief fundraiser for the University. Her responsibilities include administration of the Office of Institutional Advancement, management of the University’s development efforts and oversight of all alumni, parent and donor relations.

“The students and alumni are so passionate about what they get out of Saint Martin’s and that inspires me to work hard for the University,” says Loveless. “Saint Martin’s is known for its values-based education and that is one of the reasons I am so honored to be a part of this team.”

“During my time at South Puget Sound Community College, I witnessed a lot of SPSCC first-generation students continuing with their studies at Saint Martin’s,” she adds. “Because of that, I realized that coming here to continue my support of providing access to higher education was a natural pathway for me, personally and professionally.”

Loveless is a student in the Masters of Public Administration program at the Evergreen State College and completed her Capstone project on Institutional Effectiveness in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. Loveless is considered an expert in her field for raising critical friends and funds in support of higher education. She finished specialist training through the Council for Resource Development in 2005.

Loveless is a member of the Board of Directors for the Olympia Rotary Club and Leadership Thurston County. She served as President for South Sound Partners in Philanthropy in 2012. In 2008, the Business Examiner recognized Loveless at their annual “Women of Influence” event as a “Rising Star.” In her personal life, Loveless is dedicated to her family and proud of her three children, Ethan, Zachary and Alexandra.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing¬ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic¬tine 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 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 under¬graduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. 

For additional information:

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu