BIO: Chancellor Donald Straney

2013 Spring Commencement

Donald Straney became the seventh chancellor at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2010. Under Chancellor Straney’s leadership, UH Hilo has established new doctoral degree programs in Nursing Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, started construction on new buildings for Student Services and the College of Hawaiian Language, opened a new Sciences & Technology building, and secured $32 million in funding from the State Legislature for a new student housing complex that opened in 2013.

Chancellor Straney serves as co-chair of the Hawai‘i Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Statewide Committee, on the State of Hawai‘i Aeronautics Advisory Committee, the County of Hawai‘i Island Workforce Investment Board, and the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He serves as Hawai‘i representative on the Council of State Representatives of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Previously, Chancellor Straney was dean of the College of Science and professor of biology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he helped establish international degree programs in biotechnology, joint degree programs with universities in Malaysia and Morocco, and outreach programs to technology businesses. Before that, he spent 23 years at Michigan State University, serving as chair of the Department of Zoology and assistant to the provost for faculty development. Since 2003, he has served on the National Advisory Board of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at Madison, Wisconsin.

An evolutionary biologist by training, Chancellor Straney studied patterns of change in a variety of organisms. He received his bachelor of science and master of science in zoology from Michigan State University and doctor of philosophy in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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