Hawaiʻi Pacific University Board of Trustees Announces Chairman of the Board and New Board Member

Hawaiʻi Pacific University Board of Trustees Announces Chairman of the Board and New Board Member

(HONOLULU) – Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) today announced that the HPU Board of Trustees has elected Richard Hunter as its new chair. Hunter began serving as a member of the board in 2012 and has played an active role in supporting faculty, staff, students and the HPU community. He succeeds Joachim Cox as chair. Cox will continue to serve as a trustee.

“Richard’s extensive strategic consulting experience will be an important asset to the board as we take the next steps to realize our vision of becoming an innovative leader in higher education,” said university president, John Y. Gotanda. “Hawai‘i Pacific University strives for excellence and with Richard as our new chair, we’re confident the university is continuing to move forward in the right direction.”

A longtime retail executive and consultant, Hunter is the former President of DFS Hawaii and EVP of DFS Group Limited (Duty Free Shoppers) and brings years of experience in strategic counsel to Hawai‘i Pacific University. In addition, he served on the boards of Little Switzerland, Hilo Hattie (Pomare) and The Body Shop (USA) and did strategic consulting for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. He was CEO of his own consulting firm based in Hawai‘i where he focused on strategic and organizational consulting. Hunter’s perspective with global commerce positions him as a fitting board chair for a university that welcomes students from around the world.

Hawai‘i Pacific University is also proud to announce the Honorable Linda Lingle as a new trustee. When she became Governor in 2002, Governor Lingle launched the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative with the goal of enabling the state to compete in the global economy of the 21st Century and create new, higher-paying jobs. Governor Lingle previously served two terms as Mayor of Maui County after having served 10 years on the Maui County Council.

Governor Lingle is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she more recently served as a visiting professor of public policy.

“Governor Lingle is a natural choice for the board of trustees,” said university president, John Y. Gotanda. “She understands the importance of nurturing global citizens in the academic setting, and her wealth of knowledge and commitment to the State of Hawai‘i is truly invaluable.”

Hunter will start his term as board chair on July 1, and Governor Lingle’s term on the HPU Board of Trustees is effective immediately.