Posted on | August 26, 2011 | Comments Off
Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw has announced that, upon conclusion of her five-year appointment in June 2012, she will be completing her service as chancellor of Mānoa. Her letter to the community is available online.
Well-known for sporting her signature hats festooned with UH memorabilia during the school’s athletic events, Hinshaw has led the university’s flagship campus through difficult financial challenges due to state budget cuts, as well as triumphant celebrations. Among her achievements is helping the school secure a renewed 10-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in July of 2011, and celebrating the football team’s WAC Championship and first trip to a major post-season bowl game in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2008.
“Chancellor Hinshaw’s decision to begin the transition to new leadership at UH Mānoa and to work with us in finding that future leader at our flagship campus is a testament to her commitment to, and care for, the university,” says President M.R.C. Greenwood.
Hinshaw will continue to serve as chancellor through the 2011–2012 school year.
In addition to the maximum 10-year WASC re-accreditation, Hinshaw was instrumental in the transformation of the student experience at Mānoa, most visible in the renovation of residence halls and the expanded new Campus Center. She also played a leadership role in development of new facilities such as C-MORE Hale, the state-of-the-art home of UH’s highly regarded Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, and the new home of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center in Kakaʻako, which will be completed in the fall of 2012. She also helped secure the recent $2 million donation to endow the Dean’s Chair at the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge from community supporter and businesswoman Judith Pyle.
“The word ‘enthusiasm’ is one perhaps used more often than is warranted, but in the case of Virginia Hinshaw it is not only appropriate but it characterizes her entire service to the University of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi’s people,” says Governor Neil Abercrombie.