Matsumoto named new UH Hilo Dean of DKICP

Date: Friday, October 20, 2023
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin announces the appointment of Dr. Rae Matsumoto as the permanent dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy following the October 19, 2023 UH Board of Regents meeting. Matsumoto’s appointment is effective November 16, 2023. She replaces Interim Dean Miriam Mobley Smith.

Matsumoto is currently a professor of physiology and pharmacology at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), a position she has held since 2022. Prior to that, she has held various administrative and faculty positions, including dean and professor of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific from 2020-2022, dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy at Touro University California (Vallejo, CA) from 2014-2020, and associate dean for research and graduate programs and professor at West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) from 2007-2014.

She also has vast educational program development experience, including faculty mentoring, staff development, student success and career development, budgetary and fiscal management, founded numerous graduate and research training programs, and is a strong advocate for community outreach programs.

She is the lead author or co-author of over 100 publications, a member of national and international professional organizations, and inventor of multiple patents.

Matsumoto received her B.S. magna cum laude from Creighton University (Omaha, NE), and Sc.M and Ph.D. from Brown University (Providence, RI).

“I am excited to have Dr. Matsumoto join the UH Hilo leadership team,” Irwin said. “She brings a wide variety of experience to the position and is prepared to lead the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy forward. I am grateful for all of the good work of Interim Dean Mobley Smith over the last year and a half to prepare the college for the new incoming leadership and a bright future.”

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