Jean Rolles establishes $500,000 professorship at UH Manoa Shidler College of Business

Gift will enable the college to attract and retain top business faculty

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-6902
Shidler College of Business
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
UH Foundation
Posted: Jul 26, 2007

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation has received a $250,000 gift from Outrigger Executive Jean E. Rolles to establish a $500,000 Jean E. Rolles Distinguished Professorship at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. Rolles‘ gift was matched one-to-one through Jay Shidler‘s $3 million matching gift fund.

"Hawaii‘s economic and social future is very important to me," said Jean Rolles, Vice President of Community Relations for Outrigger Enterprises, Inc. "It is vital to bring top business professors into the classroom to share their knowledge and experience on global business and expose our students to realbusiness issues."

"Jean has been a tremendous supporter of the College," said V. Vance Roley, Dean of the Shidler College of Business. She has been involved with the College at every level, as a member of the College‘s advisory council, financial supporter of our strategic planning process, and most recently as a donor to fund an endowed professorship at the College."

Newly appointed UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw noted: "Jean‘s highly distinguished career in business, her involvement in the community and support of educational programs are an impressive testament to her passion for education and her affection for Hawaiʻi and its people — she truly is an individual who makes a difference. I applaud her for establishing the Jean E. Rolles Distinguished Professorship — her gift truly does increase the positive impact that the Shidler College of Business provides for the future of our community and state."

Rolles, born in Honolulu and a graduate of Punahou School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and Master of Science in Japanese Business Studies from Chaminade University.

Before joining Outrigger Hotels, Jean helped established the original Chuck‘s Steak House restaurant in 1959 and worked 25 years for the company, which developed into a chain of 50 restaurants throughout the United States. Jean joined Outrigger Hotels Hawaiʻi in 1982 as property manager for five hotels andeventually expanded to all of the commercial space, which encompassed 300 leases in 21 hotels. In 1998, she was promoted to Vice President of Community Relations at Outrigger Enterprises, Inc.

Rolles currently serves on 13 boards including the American Red Cross, Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, East-West Center Board of Governors, Pacific Asian Affairs Council, Honolulu Academy of Arts, and Chaminade Board of Regents. In addition, she devotes much of her time to community affairs, including the Advisory Council for the Shidler College of Business, Ahahui Koa Anuenue Executive Committee, and Kennedy Center-U.S. President‘s Committee on the Arts. She has served as an Iolani Palace docentfor over 30 years.

About the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the College was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistently rankedamong the nation's top 25 graduate schools for international business by U.S. News & World Report. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the College is a professional school, offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The College places a strong emphasis on the development of management skills, entrepreneurship and the management of business information technology. The UH Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawaiʻi accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit

About the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is an independent, university-related, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise private funds according to priorities determined by the academic leadership of the University of Hawaiʻi and approved by the Board of Regents. Founded in 1955, the Foundation providesa full range of fund raising and alumni relations services for all 10 UH campuses. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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