HPU Names New Associate Vice President for Alumni

July 10, 2012

Cassie R. Carter, Ph.D.

Cassie R. Carter, Ph.D..

HONOLULU – Hawai‘i Pacific University has named a longtime leader in higher education fund raising and in science education as a new associate vice president for Alumni and University Relations, university leaders announced today.

Cassie R. Carter, Ph.D., an associate vice president at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., will be a key member of the leadership team for development activities at HPU, said Alumni and University Relations Vice President Mary Ellen McGillan.

“As we expand our efforts to grow philanthropic support for academic excellence and student success at HPU, I’m certain we’ll benefit greatly from Cassie’s extensive experience,” said McGillan. “Her leadership in planning major fundraising initiatives combined with her deep background in science education makes her a particularly strong fit for HPU. We’re delighted that she’ll be part of our team.”

Carter holds a doctoral degree in science education from the University of Southern California, where her dissertation focused on the role of scientists in public education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University-Northridge.

In addition to her tenure at Cal Poy over the past four years, she served from 2003-2008 as executive director of the Montana Outdoor Science School in Bozeman, Mont., where she grew the number of students served annually through education programs to nearly 8,000.

Prior to that, Carter worked in various capacities for the Santa Monica organization Heal the Bay, the California Science Center and Natural History Museum in Los Angeles and Santa Monica College in California.

Carter begins work in Honolulu on Aug. 13.