Photo collage of honorary degree awardees Matt Marcus '94 and Martie Moore '92
April 18, 2019

LACEY, Wash. – During the Saint Martin’s University 2019 Commencement on May 11, 2019, the University will award two honorary degrees: a posthumous honorary degree to Matt Marcus ’94, member of the Saint Martin’s University Board of Trustees and ardent supporter of the University; and an honorary degree to Martie L. Moore ’92, chief nursing officer of Medline Industries, Inc., for her commitment to serving and improving the field of nursing. Marcus and Moore will be recognized as doctors of humane arts, honoris causa.

“Each year Saint Martin’s recognizes individuals whose achievements touch the lives of many people,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “This year we are proud and honored to recognize two alumni that exemplify the importance of service: Matt Marcus for his service to Saint Martin’s and Martie Moore for her service to the field of nursing.”

Marcus graduated from Saint Martin's with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1994. After Saint Martin's, he pursued a career in real estate management. In 2005, he established Marcus Real Estate Services, Inc., where he specialized in the management of both commercial real estate and residential properties. He joined the Saint Martin’s University Board of Trustees in 2012 and was deeply committed to serving the students of Saint Martin's. He served on multiple committees that focused on different aspects of the University, including the Marketing, International Programs, Institutional Advancement and Science Initiative committees. He held various leadership positions within the committees, including vice chair of the Student Affairs committee from 2015-2016 and chair from 2017-2018. He also served as vice chair, from 2015-2016, and then as chair, from 2017-2018, of the International Programs committee. In 2016, he served as one of the three chairs for the Saint Martin's Gala committee, which oversaw planning for the University's primary fundraising event for student scholarships. He was elected to his third term on the board in November 2018. Marcus and his wife, Shelley, were passionate supporters of Saint Martin’s University and its mission. He was the only son of Hal and Inge ’82 Marcus, longtime supporters of the University. Marcus passed away in November 2018.

Moore graduated from Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program in 1992, achieving her degree while commuting and working in Longview and Vancouver, Washington. Moore has demonstrated nursing leadership starting as the medical coordinator for a center for developmentally delayed children, later being recruited to the role of director for children’s services, quality, nursing administration and patient safety. She was promoted into an executive role as the senior vice president of quality and chief nursing officer while practicing in Montana. While in that role, Moore was asked to be the corporate compliance officer for the health system. The program she developed was adopted by other health systems in the state of Montana. Moore was recruited as a system chief nursing officer to a health system in Maine where she advanced patient safety through transformational work in interprofessional team communication and resilience skills for the care provider. Moore was recruited back to the Northwest to join Providence/ St. Joseph Health System as the chief nursing officer for a designated American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) Magnet Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. There she led the organization through both a third and fourth magnet designation. At the time of the fourth designation, only sixteen hospitals in the world had achieved the ANCC Magnet designation four times. Moore joined Medline Industries, Inc. in 2014 as the chief nursing officer. In her role, she works to advance patient safety through utilization of evidence-based practice and human-centered design in product development. She works closely with health system customers to advance quality and patient safety. Moore has served as adjunct faculty for numerous universities throughout her career, and she has served on and chaired numerous boards and advisory councils. She is an innovator who holds patents and trademarks of her work. Moore has received the American Nurses Association acknowledgement for a lifetime of leadership and dedication to patient care and the nursing profession and the Daisy Foundation Extraordinary Nurse Award. She is married and has two daughters and two granddaughters.

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 and 11 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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