Matheson hired as Special Projects and Campus Master Planning Director
October 13, 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawai‘i Pacific University has hired Mark H. Matheson to serve as its Special Projects and Campus Master Planning Director. In this position, Mr. Matheson is responsible for various program management aspects of implementing HPU’s Campus Master Plan.
Upon completion, the HPU Master Plan will bring about campuses that promote greater institutional efficiency and effectiveness, with sustainable and responsible use of resources, and provide an enhanced student experience.
“I look forward to helping HPU achieve its goals, offering a quality education to students while enhancing its significant presence here in Hawaii,” Matheson said.
Matheson earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of San Diego and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Marine Science concentration from California State University Stanislaus. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He brings to the university several decades of experience in project planning and resource management.
Prior to joining HPU, Matheson worked for U.S. defense contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Leidos. He began his 30-year career with the company as a temporary employee, running simple office tasks. Eventually, he became a full time employee and took on positions of increasing responsibility, primarily focused on business and project management, including as a manager and vice president.
Matheson also devotes time to various community organizations and has served on a variety of organizations, groups and charities. He is on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals Hawaii and has been its chairman. He is a member of AFCEA Hawaii and the Project Management Institute Honolulu Chapter. He also served as a national director of the Navy League and on the Board of Directors of AccesSurf Hawaii.
Matheson actively competes as a paraplegic athlete in prone paddle boarding.
His time with AccesSurf — a nonprofit that works on ocean access for anyone with a disability — encouraged Mr. Matheson take to the waves again, after more than a decade away from surfing. Inspired to be in the water, he became the only paraplegic to compete in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. He completed the Molokai channel race five times. In 2012, he also competed in the Catalina Classic, a 32-mile race from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach, California. He also skis and lifts weights.