About HPU

About Past President Dr. Bannister

Dr. Geoffrey Bannister

Geoffrey Bannister assumed his role as the fourth president of Hawai‘i Pacific University on July 1, 2011.  During his time at HPU he has led the university through a strategic planning process and campus master planning affirming the vision for the university, which includes the Hawaii Loa campus, the Downtown campus and its inclusion of Aloha Tower Marketplace, and the Oceanic Institute, which was merged with HPU in January.

Bannister is an economic geographer who has published extensively in the field of urban studies, regional development, demographic forecasting, and higher education. He previously served as the 17th President of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. Additionally, he was the President of Cultural Experiences Abroad and the founding president of The Forum on Education Abroad. He has served on leadership committees and boards for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the American Council on Education (ACE), the College Board, Indiana Campus Compact, the NCAA, and USA Rowing.

Bannister was born in the United Kingdom, raised in New Zealand, received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1974 and became a United States Citizen on July 4, 1989.  He is a former New Zealand cycling champion and record holder.