I am very pleased to announce that the University of St. Augustine, after months if not years of due diligence and searching for a suitable partner going forward, has reached an agreement with Laureate Education, for that organization to acquire a majority interest in the University. There were a number of choices open to the Board of Trustees of the University but none were a better fit than Laureate Education, which we are assured will continue the core values of the University. We have incidentally been working with Laureate Education especially in Chile, for a number of years, and have come to know and respect them as excellent custodians of higher education.
Know that I will continue as Chancellor of the University of St. Augustine, and along with my wife, Dr. Catherine Patla, remain on the Board of Trustees that operates the three campuses, they being in San Diego, CA, which is now our administrative headquarters, St. Augustine, FL, which is where we began, and now at our latest campus in Austin, TX.
The University of St. Augustine has experienced considerable growth and influence in the health sciences. In our vision statement is the sentiment “to become the leading international health science university.” While we may never have attained that vision, it was a standard to which we strove. Now in partnership with Laureate Education, it becomes once again a possibility.
We look forward to this new relationship, and to the growth and development that will follow, as we seek to continue to graduate some of the finest young men and women this nation has to offer into the health science professions.
To all who have served the University as faculty and staff, and to those students who chose our university and later became alumni, I wish on behalf of my wife, Dr. Catherine Patla and I, to take this opportunity to express a sincere word of gratitude and to request that your relationship with the University and its new partner will continue as is.
In the next edition of “Accolades” we fully expect to give more information on this relationship and especially on Laureate Education.
Stanley V. Paris
University of St. Augustine