Erika Lacro was appointed as Honolulu Community College’s chancellor in July 2012 and is the campus’ first female to hold the chief executive position. She most recently served as the vice chancellor of academic affairs at Honolulu CC, a position she held from 2007–2012.
She also served in several positions at the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa including assistant dean, director of academic advising and director of internship and career development. Before joining the University of Hawaiʻi she served in several management roles at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
As an administrator at Honolulu Community College, Lacro is recognized for providing consistent, stable leadership focused on creating a student-centered culture. In her previous work at the campus level, she served as co-chair of the Accreditation Self-Study Steering Committee and chair of the Campus Leadership Team. She led the campus reorganization process that has established a campus structure to support numerous paths to student success. Lacro has provided leadership to guide the campus in several student success initiatives, such as the creation of a retention office, establishment of early alerts systems and developmental education policies focused on supporting student learning.
At the system level, Lacro has led system academic affairs activities in the areas of the Achieving the Dream Initiative, Complete College America, the Reverse Transfer Initiative, and was successful in working to gain funding through Educause to upgrade the STAR Academic Journey for the University of Hawaiʻi System, along with many other student success related initiatives.
Lacro currently serves as the principal investigator for a University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges consortium, multi-year $24.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program to develop new training programs and support existing ones that lead to jobs in the agriculture, energy and health industries. She is on the board of directors for the Kalihi Business Association and serves as one of the chief executive officers on the Pacific Post-Secondary Education Council.
She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in travel industry management, and a PhD in communication and information sciences from the UH Mānoa.