Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) has received a $1M donation from international businessman Dr. Allen Zecha and his wife Nobuko, who are passionate HPU supporters. The gift will be used in part to establish a School of Engineering and develop graduates who have the capacity to solve complex social issues in our communities and build environments, as well as support multiple initiatives across the university.

“I find students who graduate from Hawai‘i Pacific University to be confident and capable of thinking more broadly, as they embark on professional endeavors,” said Dr. Allen Zecha.

“This is a direct reflection of the diverse and multicultural education they receive from HPU.” "During the last three decades that Dr. Zecha has been aligned with HPU, he has been able to affect remarkable change," said John Gotanda, president of HPU. "His philanthropic commitment to HPU leaves a legacy that allows us to help the university reach its highest potential, help our students reach their highest potential and change the lives of students for generations to come."

The endowment from the Zechas allows HPU to further its mission to prepare graduates to live, work
and learn as active members of a global society. Through hands-on learning experiences and small class
sizes, dedicated faculty and staff provide opportunities for students to explore career paths and passions that equip them to be market-ready upon graduating.

In addition to establishing the School of Engineering, the $1M gift will also be used to support various
programs and initiatives that enhance the student experience at HPU.