John Y. Gotanda Assumes Role As President of HPU

John Y. Gotanda Assumes Role As President of HPU

John Yukio Gotanda takes office today as the president of Hawaii Pacific University.

Born and raised in Hawaii, he is a graduate of Roosevelt High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (BBA, 1984) and the William S. Richardson School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was editor-in-chief of the law review.

“I am happy to return to Hawaii to work with the impressive faculty, staff, and students of Hawaii Pacific University,” Gotanda said. “It is an honor to join these talented individuals in guiding the university as it continues into the next phase of its development, and I look forward to a productive collaboration. I want to thank the trustees, faculty, staff, and especially the students for offering me such a warm welcome.”

Gotanda was selected in January following a national search by a university committee that included representatives of HPU’s faculty, staff, and students. He previously served as Dean of the Villanova Law School in Philadelphia, PA, following a series of successful administrative and teaching posts at the university.

Considered a leading source in the area of damages in international law, Gotanda has published in leading journals including the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum.

Gotanda is married to Brenda Hustis Gotanda, a partner with the law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, where she leads its Sustainability practice group. He has a son, William, and a daughter, Kayla.