Saint Martin’s University introduces Leadership Lecture Series
A new lecture series launched by the Saint Martin’s University School of Business
will give respected leaders from many walks of life the opportunity to reflect on the
challenges of leadership within their respective careers.
“The School of Business Leadership Lecture Series will allow us to contrast various
types of leadership styles that function under different external constraints,” says
Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business. “How do you exercise leadership
as an elected politician or as a military general? What is the leadership style for
someone in the corporate world, or in the area of religion, or as a tribal leader or
college president? These speakers will explore these questions, offering a glimpse
into their individual leadership journeys.”
Guest speakers will discuss their past, as well as current, leadership roles.
Leaders from the academic, military and public sectors are the highlights of the
first three lectures in the series.
Timothy Stokes, Ph.D., president of South Puget Sound Community College, kicked
off the lecture series on Monday, Sept. 16, at the University’s Norman Worthington
Conference Center. Before taking the helm at SPSCC, Stokes served as executive vice
president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College and was vice
president for student learning at Texas State Technical College.
Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, deputy commanding general, I Corps and JBLM, will
deliver the next leadership lecture on Thursday, Oct. 17. Dahl previously served in
the Pentagon on the Joint Staff as assistant deputy director for political military
affairs, Middle East.
Rob McKenna, who served two terms as attorney general of Washington state, will be
the guest speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Prior to his tenure as attorney general,
McKenna served on the Metropolitan King County Council. He has held numerous community
leadership positions with public school and college foundations.
The lecture series is sponsored by Anchor Bank, Sunset Air Inc., and NW Harley
Davidson (Joe Deck, Saint Martin’s Class of ’84). All lectures in the series take
place 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave.
SE, on the University’s Lacey campus.
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 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 23 majors and
seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business,
education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more
than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from
many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300
more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint
Martin’s University website at
For additional information:
Richard Beer, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business
Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager