Saint Martin’s University Introduces Leadership Lecture Series


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Saint Martins Overview CourtyardA 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


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