Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Joanne Itano is responsible for the academic vision and goals of the 10-campus University of Hawaii System. In collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, she sets the higher education agenda for UH. She also oversees the Hawaii Graduation Initiative to increase the number of degrees and certificates awarded by 10,000 by 2015.
Itano joined the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1976 as faculty in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. In addition to teaching, she has published extensively in the field of oncology nursing.
Over her many years of service, Itano has held a number of key administrative positions including chair of the nursing department and director of distance education at UH Manoa, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at UH West Oahu, director of academic support services for the UH Community Colleges and director of academic affairs and academic planning and policy for the UH System.
Itano earned her PhD and MEd in educational psychology and an MS in nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a BS in nursing from the University of Washington.