HPU Names Experienced Academic Leader as University’s First Provost

May 09, 2013

Matthew A. Liao-Troth
Matthew A. Liao-Troth

HONOLULU – Hawai‘i Pacific University has named as its first-ever provost an academic leader with nearly two decades of higher education experience in capacities ranging from vice president to dean to faculty senate leader, President Geoffrey Bannister announced today.

Matthew A. Liao-Troth, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Georgia College and State University (GCSU), will begin work at HPU on July 15. Formerly the dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at GCSU, Liao-Troth was also previously chair of the Department of Management and director of Graduate Business Programs at Western Washington University. He formerly led the American Humanics Program at DePaul University, as well.

“As Hawai‘i Pacific University implements a strategic plan marked by ambitious goals in improving the university’s academic performance and reputation, we need a provost who understands the organizational demands of such an undertaking,” said Bannister. “Dr. Liao-Troth’s experience, as well as his academic background in management and organizational behavior, has prepared him well for success in this new role at HPU. We look forward to his arrival this summer and to welcoming him and his family into the HPU ‘ohana.” 

Liao-Troth holds doctoral and master’s degrees in management and policy from the University of Arizona and an MBA from San Diego State University with a focus on personnel and industrial relations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Santa Cruz in American Studies.

After beginning his career at DePaul University, he joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, and then moved in 2002 to Western Washington, where he rose to become a full professor and president of the Faculty Senate. He was named a professor of Management at GSCU, in addition to his administrative responsibilities, in 2010.

Prior to his work in academia, Liao-Troth served as a division executive with Boy Scouts of America, and his research interests have focused largely on management of non-profit organizations. His book, “Challenges in Volunteer Management” (Information Age, 2008), has been widely adopted as a textbook for graduate programs in non-profit management.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining President Bannister's leadership team as we implement the strategic plan recently adopted by the shared governance of Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Liao-Troth. “The opportunity to serve students, staff and faculty as we achieve the vision of a top independent university in the west, focusing on the Pacific Rim, is extremely exciting. I look forward to joining HPU this summer.” 

Bannister expressed gratitude to interim Vice President Andrew Brittain, who led the Office of Academic Affairs over the past year, and to Faculty Assembly Chair Dr. Allison Gough and General Counsel Janet Kloenhamer, who served as co-chairs for the provost search.

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the state’s largest private university with 7,500 students from the United States and more than 80 foreign nations. HPU is accredited or recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council on Social Work Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, among other organizations.