Francisco Hernandez appointed UH Manoa Vice Chancellor for Students

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
Posted: Jul 20, 2006

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Francisco Hernandez to be the first permanent Vice Chancellor for Students at UH Mānoa. His appointment is for three years beginning August 1, 2006.

Hernandez comes to Mānoa from his position as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During his tenure there, Hernandez led the process by which the Santa Cruz campus developed a strategic plan for student services, and then implemented the plan during a period of significant student enrollment increases.

"Francisco Hernandez brings excellent credentials and great experience to Mānoa," said Chancellor Denise Konan. "We have begun a number of initiatives here to improve and enhance student life and services for students, and I can think of no better person to carry these programs forward."

In recommending approval of the appointment, Chancellor Konan noted, "Dr. Hernandez has dedicated much of his career to encouraging and ensuring opportunities for underrepresented students‘ success. His commitment to a diverse student population that is assisted to succeed in schools and colleges is well documented."

Hernandez previously served as Dean of Student Life and then as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UC Berkeley. He also held a number of positions elsewhere in secondary and post-secondary school programs in California. While at UC Santa Cruz, he initiated and developed the University of California College Prep (UCCP) program and served as its Executive Director. UCCP provides online college preparatory courses annually to thousands of students throughout California and beyond who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate.

A native of Texas, he received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in education from Stanford University, a bachelor‘s degree in American studies from UC Berkeley, and an A.A. degree from Sierra Junior College in California. He comes to Hawaiʻi with his wife Veronica Hinojosa and their two children, Kiko, age 14, and Adriana, age 13.

Wayne Iwaoka has served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Students since the position was established in a Mānoa campus reorganization in 2005. He will return to his faculty position in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.