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Chancellor Donald Straney

Chancellor Don Straney in front of the University Classroom Buildng
Chancellor Straney standing in front of the University Classroom Building

"To help create Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs 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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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.

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