Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
As this year’s interim provost, Kathleen Boyle was a clear choice when naming Saint Martin’s University’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Her qualifications that made her an ideal candidate include her history in Catholic higher education, leadership skills, and one year of experience as interim provost. Boyle earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University. Before that, she received her Master’s in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Norbert College.
President Roy Heynderickx released a statement to media relations manager Kevin Hyde, about the Board of Trustees decision to add her to the administration permanently. “Dr. Boyle has made an excellent interim provost here at Saint Martin’s University,” he said. “We are all pleased to see her continue in this role with the support of the faculty and administration. She is eminently qualified and I look forward to working with her.”
Boyle held the previous role as Dean of the College of Education and Counseling Psychology, which oversees the various undergraduate teaching certification programs, master’s programs, and post-master’s certification programs. Her additional experience includes various positions in academia, teaching, and research positions. Before working at Saint Martin’s University, Boyle worked at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn., where she also served as chair for the Department of Educational Leadership. This was a program that served around 600 students each year in 15 different major programs. She also taught in the leadership doctoral program and directed its Master of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs Program at the University of St. Thomas before that. Prior to St. Thomas, she was a visiting assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, also serving as their Master’s Programs in Higher Education and Student Affairs coordinator. Boyle’s entrance into higher education began as a residence hall director at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc., where she had previously earned her undergraduate degree.
In addition to all of her previous job titles and qualifications, Boyle has completed numerous publications as well as presentations in her field, and has received many awards. She is overwhelmingly qualified and a great addition to the administration at Saint Martin’s University. As stated in the media release from Kevin Hyde, she stated, “I am humbled and honored to serve in this leadership role at Saint Martin’s University. I appreciate the trust and appreciation for what I bring to this vital role expressed through the support of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Heynderickx and the faculty.”
As provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Boyle will be responsible for supporting and enhancing Saint Martin’s academic mission and vision, developing and maintaining open and collaborative relationships with faculty, ensuring faculty development and support, working with the president, vice presidents and Board of Trustees, and building internal and external partnerships. The Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, the College of Education and Counseling and O’Grady Library report to Boyle, as well as offices including Saint Martin’s University, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses, University Registrar, Institutional Research and the Office of International Programs and Development, as stated in the media release from Kevin Hyde.