HPU Names Jennifer Walsh Provost

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Hawai‘i Pacific University has named Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., as senior vice president and provost. After completing a national search, which was inclusive of university stakeholders — faculty, students, staff and trustees — Walsh was selected as the individual best suited to steward HPU’s innovative academic vision. A skilled higher education administrator, an experienced professor and an accomplished scholar, Walsh will assume her post at HPU on June 1, 2019.  

“Dr. Walsh joins HPU at a transformative time as we realize our goal to create a centralized urban campus with Aloha Tower Marketplace as the anchor,” said John Gotanda, president of HPU. “Under Dr. Walsh’s leadership of academic and student affairs, I am excited for the multitude of opportunities this presents for our students, unifying our campus community, strengthening interdisciplinary university collaborations and expanding connections with the community at large.”

As the University’s chief academic officer, Walsh will oversee the development, growth and quality of all academic and student affairs programs to advance the academic mission of HPU.  She is responsible for ensuring a highly personalized and intimate, learning-centered environment is provided to HPU students. 

“HPU's promise to prepare students for professional and personal success mirrors my own commitment to preparing students to be lifelong learners who actively engage in their places of work, their communities, and our rapidly-evolving global society,” said Walsh. “I am honored to join the HPU ‘ohana and am excited to work with a talented team of staff and faculty who are committed to helping students learn more about the world and themselves.”

Walsh currently serves as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor with the department of history and political science at Azusa Pacific University, and she is a faculty fellow at Claremont McKenna College with the Rose Institute for State and Local Politics. Walsh also serves as a Fulbright Scholar Discipline Peer Reviewer, Fulbright Scholar Program, Institute of International Education.

She is a scholar of crime and sentencing policy, with a book on Three Strikes Laws, articles on “Crime Policy” and “Sentencing Policy” in the American Political Science Association-sponsored Encyclopedia of Political Science, and essays in peer-reviewed journals.

Walsh holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, an M.A. in Politics and Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.