Karen Huffman joins HPU Board of Trustees

July 08, 2014

Karen Huffman
Karen Huffman

HONOLULU — Longtime Hawai‘i business and community leader Karen Huffman has started her term as a new member of the Hawai‘i Pacific University Board of Trustees.

Huffman is president of QSR Hawaii and a former franchisee/owner-operator of the McDonald’s restaurants in Aina Haina, Kahala and Koko Marina. In 1999, she was named small business person of the year by Small Business Hawaii, recognizing her significant community and charitable work, in addition to her entrepreneurial success.

Huffman is a board member of Hawaii Theatre Center, involved in the organization’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the historic Honolulu landmark. She served as its board chair during fiscal year 2012-2013.

She is an active supporter of organizations including the Hawaiian Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy and the Straub Foundation. Huffman also previously served as board president of Hawai‘i’s Ronald McDonald House.

Huffman’s extensive background in business and charitable work will prove valuable as the university continues expanding its role locally, said Chairman of the Board Joachim P. Cox.

“HPU is very fortunate to have the leadership experience and dedicated energies of Karen,” Cox said. “Karen brings a wealth of business and philanthropic experience to the HPU Board.”

“Karen’s commitment to the community is truly admirable and inspirational,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister. “We are grateful for her willingness to serve.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a trustee of such a progressive and important institution,” Huffman said. “I have watched with admiration as HPU, under Geoff Bannister's leadership, has defined a strategic vision to ensure the university plays a central role in international learning by setting the standard for faculty talent, student diversity and educational excellence.”

Huffman’s term began on July 1.