Saint Martin's forms new College of Education and Professional
July 8, 2010
Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University
announced today that its College of Education and its graduate program
in professional counseling have been joined to form a new academic unit,
the College of Education and Professional Psychology (CEPP). The move is
part of a strategic reorganization of the academic units at Saint
Martin’s. Last month, the University announced that the undergraduate
divisions of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Science and Mathematics
would be combined to form the new College of Arts and Sciences.
“This move brings together faculty and programs with
a number of similar and complementary aims and interests,” says Saint
Martin’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joseph Bessie.
In addition to three masters programs—Master of
Education, Master in Teaching, and now Master of Arts in Counseling
Psychology—the college will continue to house the University’s strong
undergraduate, certification-only, and other graduate programs in
teacher education, together with its well-regarded school counseling and
school administrator programs.
Adds Joyce Westgard, Ed.D., dean of CEPP, “With the
coalescing of the education programs and the professional psychology
program, we’re joining two very strong professional areas into one
College. The reorganization will combine the strengths of each separate
area and allow greater alignment for even further program growth and
development. We look forward to continuing our tradition of high quality
education and providing greater opportunities for our current and future
students.” Before the reorganization, Westgard served as dean of Saint
Martin’s College of Education since 1993.
For more information about the College of Education
and Professional Psychology and the undergraduate programs in education,
contact Joyce Westgard at 360-438-4333. For more information about the
Master of Education and the Master in Teaching programs, contact Steve
Siera at 360-438-4589; for more information about the Master of Arts in
Counseling Psychology program, contact Godfrey Ellis at 360-438-4561.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 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 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses
located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College,
and Tacoma Community College.
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing
Saint Martin’s University