Geoffrey Bannister to Continue as HPU President through 2017

October 21, 2014

President Bannister
   President Geoffery Bannister

HONOLULU — Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s Board of Trustees has announced President Geoffrey Bannister will continue at the helm of the state’s largest private university through June 2017, with the potential for further extension. The action signals the board’s recognition of the importance of continuity as the university implements its strategic vision and improves its fiscal sustainability.

“Geoffrey Bannister was selected as HPU’s president because we perceived in him a national higher education leader who would build upon the university’s strengths, challenge us in meaningful ways and develop a vision of HPU’s future,” said Chairman of the Board Joachim Cox.

Bannister was selected president on Jan. 6, 2011, and took office July 1 that same year. Early in his tenure, he laid out three themes to his presidency: Hawai’i, Pacific and University. Progress is evident on all fronts, but Bannister notes that much remains to be done.

“I am grateful to the board for asking me to continue leading HPU,” Bannister said. “I am inspired each day by the dedication and commitment of our faculty, staff, alumni and students. As we celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary, we will continue to strive for even greater excellence.”

Much of Bannister’s work has been guided by a strategic vision developed through discussions with faculty, students, staff, alumni, deans, trustees, and members of the Hawaiʻi community. The results of those conversations, the university’s first comprehensive strategic plan and master plan, outline long-term priorities for the university. The recently completed master plan points HPU toward a renewed commitment to its urban heritage, particularly through its ownership of the Aloha Tower Marketplace, which is slated to reopen in 2015, and will coincide with HPU’s 50th anniversary celebration.

“Under his leadership, HPU has made significant progress and I am confident that the university will achieve even greater successes in the coming years,” Cox said.