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Saint Martin's University
Lacey, Washington State
Start date
Nov 1, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Saint Martin’s University (SMU), a university nationally ranked for its commitment to student access and student success, seeks its next President to take the University to its next level of financial security and academic prominence through strategic vision; transparent servant leadership; continuous revenue generation; and the passionate articulation of its Catholic Benedictine mission, vision, and values, all in support of delivering a caring, transformative educational experience.

Located on the South Puget Sound in Lacey, Washington, SMU is an inclusive community of learners and thinkers, rooted in tradition and inspired toward progress. The University welcomes students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, and many more students at its extended campus at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With an enrollment of approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 250 graduate students, Saint Martin's offers 31 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program and seven certificate programs spanning the arts and sciences, business, counseling, education, engineering, nursing, and leadership.

Informed by the Catholic intellectual tradition and guided by its Benedictine values, Saint Martin’s has an obligation to educate the next generation of leaders to be mindful citizens of the world who can exhibit wisdom and compassion in thought and through action. The University’s core themes of faith, reason, service, and community reflect this holistic approach.

Following back-to-back years of record-breaking fundraising, as well as a recent successful seventh-year accreditation visit, SMU is poised for significant growth and continued success in the coming decade in the areas of academic programming, institutional fundraising, and strategic community partnerships. The next President will have the opportunity to:

  • Build upon the Benedictine values of hospitality, listening and community to ensure a campus climate of communication, transparency, mutual respect for shared governance, and collegiality.
  • Reaffirm and strengthen the University’s commitment to a diverse student body, in particular its first-generation students, students of color, international students, veterans, and active-duty military.
  • Uphold the University as a welcoming and inclusive community in which to learn, work, and educate.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications are due by January 8, 2024. The search page, which includes the Executive Search Profile and application and nomination links, is located at

RH Perry & Associates, a national executive search firm, is assisting Saint Martin’s University in this search. All confidential communications may be directed to our search team: Dr. Sue DeWine, Senior Consultant, and Dr. Jean Scott, Senior Consultant, at

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