University of Hawai'i Foundation hires Janet Yoshida Bullard as associate vice president of Alumni Relations

Bullard also appointed as executive director of UH Alumni Association

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Jul 2, 2008

"We are very fortunate to have someone with Janet's experience, enthusiasm and commitment to lead the University of Hawai'i Alumni Association. She will be an excellent representative and liaison to the UHAA Board of Directors, the UH system, our ten campuses and our alumni worldwide."
-- Donna Vuchinich, President, University of Hawai'i Foundation

Honolulu - The University of Hawai'i Foundation (UHF) and the University of Hawai'i Alumni Association (UHAA) are pleased to announce the hiring of Janet Yoshida Bullard, who has been appointed as the new associate vice president of alumni relations at the UHF and executive director of UHAA.

Janet comes to UHF after over 10 years at Hawaiian Airlines, most recently senior director of marketing and promotions. A seasoned professional in working with member organizations, she spent the previous ten years with the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau and the San Diego Visitors and Convention Bureau. Following her graduation from UH Manoa in 1982 where she earned her BFA, Janet worked in the hotel industry and various management positions.

Since 1988, Janet has continuously served in various volunteer roles with UHAA and the UH system, including her service on the UHAA Board of Direcotrs from 1990-1993 and from 2000 to present. She has been a member of the UH Manoa Athletes Advisory Board since 2006 and the UH Community Partnership since 2005.

Janet has always worked diligently to engage alumni in all aspects of UHAA, from forming new chapters and serving as chapter president during her time in San Diego, to serving in the volunteer role of president for two one-year terms from 2005-2007.

"After nearly 20 years of serving in a variety of volunteer roles for UHAA and the UH system, it is an honor to serve alumni in full-time capacity," said Bullard. "I have a great passion for my alma mater, and I am grateful for the education I received and the lessons learned during my time here."

"Janet's background in administration, communication, marketing and member organizations and her experience and leadership skills have prepared her well to take on this important role in the UHF Office of Alumni Relations," said incoming UHAA board president Mitchell Ka'aiaili'i, assistant vice president and branch manager of First Hawaiian Bank-Manoa.

The University of Hawai'i 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 Hawai'i and approved by the Boad of Regents. Founded in 1955, the Foundation provides a full range of fund raising and alumni relations services for all 10 UH campuses.

The University of Hawai'i Alumni Association was informally constituted in 1922, ten years after the first graduating class of 1912, and formalized into a system-wide umbrella organization for all UH-recognized alumni groups in 1988. Its members support the university, and UHAA sponsors events that showcase the university's excellence. Governed by a board of directors, UHAA includes a nationwide and international network of 39 affiliated alumni groups. The association's goal is to generate support for the university by encouraging interaction among UH graduates and friends. The UH Foundation established the Office of Alumni Relations with the approval of the Board of Regents in December 2002. The Office of Alumni Relations works closely with the UHAA to serve the community of UH alumni and students in Hawai'i and worldwide.