Chancellor Donald Straney

Chancellor Straney standing in front of the University Classroom Building

"To help create Hawai'i's future, the University of Hawai'i at Hilo challenges students to reach their highest level of achievement and gives every student opportunities to apply their learning to our distinctive natural and cultural environment." -Chancellor Donald Straney


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Chancellor’s Blog

History of UH Hilo

  • 1941 Hawai‘i Vocational School is founded, and after several transformations, becomes Hawai‘i Community College in 1969.
  • 1947 The Hilo Program begins, and after several major spurts of growth, becomes the four-year Hilo College in 1969. 
  • 1969 Hilo College is merged with Hawai‘i Community College, becoming the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.
  • 1991 UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College are separated.

Learn more through a detailed Timeline with photos.

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