HPU News for October 2011

HPU celebrates the inauguration of Dr. Geoffrey Bannister as president

October 14, 2011

Dr. Bannister and Dr. Chun

Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D., is installed as Hawai‘i Pacific University president by Michael Chun, Ph.D., Chairman, Board of Trustees of HPU.

KANEOHE — Hawai‘i Pacific University celebrated the inauguration of Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D., as Hawai‘i Pacific University’s fourth president Oct. 13.

The event, the first of its kind at HPU, took place at the Hawai‘i Loa Campus and included a processional, hula performance, traditional New Zealand haka chants to honor President Bannister, and music from the HPU Symphonic Band.

Linda Johnsrud, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Hawai‘i, served as the inaugural speaker.

Bannister joined HPU in July 2011. He has extensive experience in higher education, having served as the 17th president of Butler University, Indianapolis, for 12 years. He previously was dean of Liberal Arts, and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. Bannister was born in England and reared in New Zealand, where he was a champion cyclist before embarking on his illustrious academic career.

The procession

Faculty, staff and trustees march during the processional at the presidential
inauguration ceremony.

Inaugural address

Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D., HPU’s fourth president,
delivers his inaugural address.

Leaders of HPU, Kamehameha School and UH

President Bannister receives applause from Michael Chun, Ph.D., Linda Johnsrud,
Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of the University
of Hawai‘i, and John Kearns, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs at HPU.

New Zealand haka

Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i New Zealand Chapter members share an energenic
"haka," a traditional New Zealand chant, to honor President Bannister.

Hula

Halau Ka La Onohi Mai O Haehae perform a hula.