Bonnie Irwin unanimously confirmed as UH Hilo Chancellor-Designate

The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents yesterday unanimously confirmed Bonnie Irwin as the next chancellor of UH Hilo.

Bonnie Irwin
Bonnie Irwin

The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents yesterday unanimously confirmed Bonnie Irwin as the next chancellor of UH Hilo. Chancellor-Designate Irwin is currently the California State University (CSU) Monterey Bay provost and vice president for academic affairs and has more than 30 years of experience in higher education.

From a prior release:

Irwin began her career in higher education in 1984 as a graduate student instructor at her alma mater, University of California at Berkeley. She also served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and dean of the Honors College at Eastern Illinois University prior to moving to CSU Monterey Bay in 2014.

“Bonnie brings a wealth of experience and a heart that will serve our Hilo campus and community well,” said UH President David Lassner. ”She has a deep understanding and appreciation of the critical role small comprehensive regional universities can serve in their communities, and the proven track record to deliver on that promise in the changing environment for higher education in Hawaiʻi and across the nation.”

“I am beyond excited to join the UH Hilo ʻohana and am humbled by this opportunity,” said Irwin. “I know how important UH Hilo is to Hawaiʻi Island and I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, island leaders and community members to build on decades of great work as we move the university and community forward. My husband and I are also excited to start immersing ourselves in the unique and rich culture of Hilo and Hawaiʻi Island.”

Irwin’s responsibilities as chief academic officer at CSU Monterery Bay included leading six academic colleges, a college of extended education and international programs. Under her leadership the campus expanded strategic academic offerings to serve the community while increasing student retention and improving graduation rates. As a senior executive, she collaborated with the school’s leadership team to improve university-wide effectiveness and accountability while advancing student and faculty success. She also worked on and led initiatives for the CSU system, the largest in the nation, to advance public higher education across California.

Read full release.

Chancellor-Designate Irwin will begin her tenure at UH Hilo this summer.

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