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Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University

Wilson Award Winner

Wayne Nishimima, headshot

Wayne T. Nishijima

Associate dean and associate director for cooperative extension of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Wayne T. Nishijima has served at the university for 27 years. He is a noted authority on tropical plant diseases.

Nishijima been a contributing author on the most authoritative reference on tropical fruit diseases published by the American Phytopathological Society. He is world renowned for his research on papaya diseases and for solving the serious bacterial blight of anthurium.

Although based at Manoa, Nishijima is often at CTAHR’s Hilo facility on weekends and holidays researching information requested by local growers or doing maintenance on the facility. A former lieutenant colonel, Nishijima is active in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard Retiree’s Association and volunteers for the Hospice of Hilo and the Waiakea Lions.

One colleague notes, "Dr. Nishijima has worked tirelessly to strengthen CTAHR’s image and increase its productivity and relevance to Hawai‘i’s people."

The Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University recognizes exemplary service to the university by a UH employee. It was established by the Board of Regents in 1969 to honor the long-time UH employee and secretary to the board.

2018 Willard Wilson Award information and form (PDF)

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