Dean of HPU College of Liberal Arts Accepts VP, Academic Affairs, Position in Arkansas

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Honolulu, Hawaii — Dr. David Lanoue, dean of the Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Liberal Arts, will leave HPU in June, 2016, to become vice president for academic affairs at Southern Arkansas University.

“I am quite pleased for this successful career advancement opportunity for Dr. Lanoue,” said Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, HPU provost and vice president of academic affairs. “With that being said, we will miss his leadership at our university.”

When Lanoue took the helm as HPU dean, he fully embraced the Hawai‘i Pacific University mission, which in part notes the university as “an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i.” He has been a selfless advocate for the students and disciplines in his college, and a university leader in building "global citizens."

“I was originally attracted to the multicultural environments of both HPU and Hawai‘i and the opportunity to enhance already strong international offerings.” said Lanoue. “To take part in impacting the education of a diverse student body — who we prepare to make contributions in an ever growing interconnected world — has certainly been rich and fulfilling.”

Joining HPU in August 2013 as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lanoue has made significant contributions to the university and the college. He is credited with leading the college through a successful strategic plan, the initial accreditation of the School of Education, the successful reaffirmation of accreditation of the School of Social Work, and the successful transition of the college into the College of Liberal Arts.

“The students, staff, and faculty at Southern Arkansas University are gaining a truly caring individual who will serve them well,” added Liao-Troth.