Dean of HPU College of Natural and Computational Sciences Appointed

Brenda Jensen, Ph.D.

Dr. Brenda Jensen has been named the dean of the Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Natural and Computational Sciences, and will assume the post on June 16.

“We were looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative leader who could guide the College of Natural and Computational Sciences in its mission to provide innovative programs, grounded in the scientific method and critical thinking that prepare students to assume influential roles in science, math, and technological workforces,” said Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, HPU provost and vice president of academic affairs. “We believe we have found that leader in Dr. Jensen.”

Jensen, who joined HPU in 2005 as an assistant professor of biology, progressed to associate professor, and in 2008 was appointed the associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

“I look forward to serving in my new capacity as dean, working with my colleagues to build on the college’s strong foundation of programs, and exploring new opportunities,” said Jensen. “Whether students are learning in the classroom, laboratory, or field, or preparing for opportunities after graduation, I am proud to join HPU and our college in a firm commitment to our students’ success.”

Jensen earned her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. Her primary research interest is to investigate how human-caused stressors impact Hawai‘i’s marine organisms, particularly in sentinel species such as whales and dolphins.

Over the eleven years Jensen has been with HPU, she has made significant contributions to the university, serving as a valued member of the faculty and attracting nearly $1 million in extramural research support as a principal investigator, and additional grants as a co-investigator.

In addition to her current associate dean position, Jensen has held numerous administrative positions at HPU, including program chair in Military Campus Programs; curriculum area liaison in Natural Sciences to Military Campus Programs; and program chair for the Master of Science in Marine Science.

Jensen succeeds Roland “Bud” Jenkins, who has served as interim dean since August 2014.