Tricia Ejima was named the University of Hawaiʻi Bookstores director, bringing over a decade of college retail and administrative experience to nine bookstores across the UH System. Ejima will oversee more than 60 full-time employees, 60 student employees and an annual budget of $24 million.
“In her many roles with Campus Services and UH Bookstores over the past 13 years, Tricia has shown tireless dedication and passion for our students, staff, faculty, and the university,” said Deborah Huebler, director of Campus Services. “We are fortunate to have her on our team and I can’t wait to see what else Tricia will accomplish.”
As interim UH Bookstores director since 2014, Ejima has established a scholarship for students and a free textbooks incentive for the 15 to Finish graduation program. She also enacted new operational measures to increase revenue for the UH Bookstore System as a self-sustaining enterprise with all proceeds supporting the university.
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Ejima represents the University of Hawaiʻi as a 2011 graduate of the Shidler College of Business MBA program and a member of the National Association of College Stores and the National Association of College Auxiliary Services.
Ejima started her career with UH Mānoa Campus Services shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon in 2003. She has held various positions with the University of Hawaiʻi, including managing the Windward Community College Bookstore and serving as assistant director for Campus Services.
In addition to her leadership on campus, Ejima has helped coach the Pearl City Lady Chargers to victory at the 2016 Hawaiʻi State Girls Division 1 Soccer Championship.
—A UH Bookstore news release