Dean, College of Business


College of Business

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) seeks an innovative leader who can build strong connections between the school and the island’s business community as well as advance the reputation and performance of its academic programs.


HPU is a private, not-for-profit institution of approximately 4,200 students with a full-time equivalent enrollment of 2,798 undergraduates and 376 graduate students. Founded in 1965, it is Hawai‘i’s largest private university with its core campus in the heart of Honolulu’s business district. HPU’s investment in the urban student experience translates to greater hands-on experiences for students, expanded interdisciplinary collaboration between colleges and programs, and deeper engagement with the community of Honolulu and the state of Hawai‘i. As one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation and with its central location in the Asia Pacific region, HPU is uniquely positioned in American business education.


The College of Business is physically located adjacent to Honolulu’s busiest business corridor. Hawai‘i is also a hub for international business with abundant opportunities for faculty and students to become engaged with global industry. The next Dean will draw upon their experience working with the business community to establish the HPU College of Business as the “go to” partner for advice, counsel and development of innovative programs. The Dean will appreciate the expertise of business leaders and find ways to engage them as instructors, subject matter experts, mentors and partners in student learning.


The ideal candidate will highlight the quality of existing programs as well as encourage the creation of new innovative programs that are complemented by significant research accomplishments; grow the student body, and retain students through to graduation as well as ensuring timely completion of degree requirements; commit to develop and deliver high quality transferable courses for military personnel; support innovation and creativity while achieving operational efficiencies; and function as a transparent leader, someone who engages and communicates with all college constituencies.



The new Dean will possess an earned doctorate in a related field, will have a proven record as a scholar and educator, and will bring significant academic and leadership experience to this position. For a detailed description of the opportunity, please visit 


The Application Process

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Business Dean Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until the new Dean is selected. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials to by September 8, 2021


Dr. Richard Wueste and Dr. Concetta Stewart of AGB Search are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact Dr. Wueste at and Dr. Stewart at


The application package should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format and must include:

  • A Letter of Interest that responds to the Leadership Opportunities and the Characteristics of the Dean sections of this profile. 
  • A current CV or resume. 
  • The names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references as well as their relationship to the candidate. No references will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate. 


All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence. 


Hawai‘i Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable environment in which faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or any other protected class covered by state and federal law. Hawai‘i Pacific University encourages applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities. 


A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment