Saint Martin’s University announces new VP

November 22, 2011

RosannePhotoLACEY, WASHINGTON —Saint Martin’s President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. has named Rosanne Nichols the University’s new vice president for institutional advancement.

Nichols has more than 20 years of fundraising, marketing and communications experience, having directed campaigns for a wide range of global corporate and nonprofit entities, including the heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Inc., the University of Washington, and the relief and development organizations of World Vision and World Concern. Most recently, she served as director of external relations for Tacoma’s Museum of Glass.

Early in her career, Nichols decided to devote herself to nonprofit work raising awareness and funds for causes closest to her heart: higher education, international relief, care for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, and work empowerment opportunities for women. Among her first accomplishments following that decision was the successful management of the public phase of the “Campaign for Washington,” generating more than $30 million for all of the University of Washington’s 18 schools and colleges, athletic programs, and the alumni association’s reunion class gift funds.

“Rosanne offers proven leadership that will be critical to Saint Martin’s as we continue to grow our campus and our programs,” says Heynderickx. “Her fundraising experience, combined with her passion for Saint Martin’s Benedictine mission, make her a great fit for the University. Rosanne’s high energy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit will serve the Saint Martin’s community well.”

Says Nichols, “I am thrilled to join such a dynamic team of people at this crucial time in Saint Martin’s history.”
Nichols holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing management from Golden Gate University and Bachelor of Science degrees in comparative literature and Italian from Gonzaga University. A resident of Bonney Lake, she lived in Italy for 11 years and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. She has served as board president for the Whidbey Island-based Hedgebook Writers Retreat for Women since 2007.

As vice president for institutional advancement, Nichols 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.

Nichols officially assumed her new role at Saint Martin’s on Oct. 31.

Maya Ranchod Kirkhope, representing Academic Search, Inc., assisted Saint Martin’s University with the search.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, 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 14 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. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at
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