Associate Vice President for External Affairs and University Relations
Lynne Waters joined the university in 2011 with responsibility for strategic communications planning, community relations, creative services and marketing and brand management as they relate to advancing the university’s mission, goals and major initiatives.
She arrived in Honolulu in 1981 to co-anchor the nightly news for KITV Channel 4. As a reporter on the Hawaiian affairs beat, she was part of the first TV crew to accompany the Protect Kahoolawe Ohana to the island after it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. She also hosted the long-running live PBS Hawaii public affairs program Dialog and covered the Hawaii State Legislature for both stations.
As owner of Lynne Waters Communications since 1985, she produced and wrote PBS Hawaii’s three-hour “Year of the Hawaiian” mini-documentary series, which aired nationwide in 1987. She created, produced and wrote other local TV programs including “Hawaii On Screen,” “Kids and Gangs,” “Family” and many others. Her business provided media, communication, public relations, image branding and marketing and video production services to corporate, business and industry clients including the Hawaii International Film Festival, Aha Punana Leo Hawaiian Language Medium Education Program, the state Department of Education, Hina Mauka Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and the Pacific Resource Partnership.
Always active in her community, Waters is a member of the Judicial Conduct Commission and Honolulu Police Community Foundation Board of Directors. She has hosted the televised “Children’s Miracle Network” benefitting Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for two decades.
A Texas native, she holds a BA in broadcast journalism from Baylor University and is a graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows program.