Senior Vice President and Provost


Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) invites nominations and applications for Senior Vice President and Provost (SVPP).

HPU seeks a scholar with the vision and leadership skills necessary to partner with President John Gotanda in leading the University through an exciting and critical juncture in its history and within higher education more broadly. In further developing and implementing HPU’s new and ambitious strategic plan, Shaping a Future of Innovation, Excellence, and Engagement, the SVPP will play a crucial role in advancing the University’s efforts in cultivating academic excellence and focusing on student success.

Hawai’i Pacific University

HPU is a private, not-for-profit institution of approximately 4,200 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Founded in 1965, it is Hawaii’s largest private university with its core campus in the heart of Honolulu’s business district. With its central location in the Asia Pacific region, HPU holds a special place not only in the state but in the entire region. HPU is committed to serving the local and global communities and challenges its students to acquire the knowledge, skills and experiences that foster critical thinking, effective communication skills and an understanding of the workings of an increasingly interconnected world. HPU’s curriculum, which builds on its diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, stresses rigorous intellectual engagement, relevant career education and social responsibility. HPU offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and 17 master’s degrees. The University’s academic enterprise is organized around five colleges: Business; Liberal Arts; Natural & Computational Sciences; Health and Society; and Professional Studies. HPU employs approximately 150 full-time faculty members – and more than 300 part-time adjunct faculty – all with distinguished academic or business credentials.

HPU has become well known over the past five decades as one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation, with students from all 50 U.S. states and 65 countries. Located halfway between North America and Asia, HPU is set in a thriving metropolis, an island of roughly 1 million residents with significant populations from across the globe. In addition to its inherent demographic diversity, Honolulu is visited by more than 4.4 million guests each year from around the world, creating a culturally rich, international environment throughout the island of Oʻahu. The diversity of HPU’s student body is a unique asset that stimulates learning about other cultures firsthand, both inside and outside of the classroom. There is no majority population at HPU. Students are encouraged to examine the values, customs, traditions, and principles of others to gain a clearer understanding of their own perspectives. HPU students develop friendships with students from throughout the United States and the world, and form important connections for success in the global economy of the twenty-first century.

For more information about HPU, please visit

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Honolulu is the state capital and the most populous city in the State of Hawai‘i. It is the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu. Hawai‘i is a major tourist destination and Honolulu, situated on the island of Oʻahu, is the main gateway to Hawai‘i and a major gateway into the United States. The city is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

Position Summary

As a University officer reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, the SVPP will serve as chief academic officer of the University and will oversee the development, growth, and quality of all academic and student affairs programs and related support functions. The SVPP must ensure the quality and integrity of all academic programs and initiatives, advancing the academic mission of the institution, and that each student member of the HPU ‘ohana matriculates in a safe, nurturing, inclusive, and supportive academic environment that captures HPU’s commitment to its cultural values – aloha (meaning hello, goodbye, love, kindness and grace, unity, humility, patience and waiting for the right moment); pono (meaning righteous, honest and moral, and an energy of necessity); and kuleana (meaning responsibility and rights, and concern for all interests, property, and people). The SVPP must embrace HPU as a comprehensive regional private university that provides the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a mid-sized college.

The SVPP will be responsible for developing and articulating a university academic vision; providing innovative leadership strategic and operational planning for all academic and student support programs including residence life, student conduct, Title IX coordination, and community wellness; leading the development and administration of academic and student life budgets; and guiding the advancement of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Moreover, the SVPP will focus his or her efforts on communication with faculty and staff regarding methods for improving existing programs, maintaining current resources, and develop new ones that will guide the University in realizing its commitment to supporting a faculty of accomplished teacher-scholars in a non-tenured environment. The SVPP will serve as a bridge between faculty and all other HPU constituencies, advocating the centrality of academic programs while working to integrate all campus communities. In doing so, the SVPP will work with the Faculty Senate and Staff Council to develop policies and procedures that fully integrate best practices in shared governance and faculty engagement.


The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited university with a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with full professor status at HPU;
  • 10 years of significant progressive experience in academic administration;
  • 10 years of experience as a college-level faculty member including college-level teaching;
  • A history of effectiveness in the development and implementation of strategic plans;
  • Experience with regional accreditation processes as well as discipline specific accreditation processes;
  • The ability to work in a diverse environment and further enhance the diversity of the faculty;
  • An in-depth understanding of the academic enterprise with experience in setting academic goals and directing strategic investments;
  • Outstanding leadership and team building skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and public relations skills with the ability to positively influence/motivate faculty and staff;
  • A commitment to student success and staff professional development;
  • Exceptionally strong personnel management and supervisory skills;
  • Experience in fostering internal and external collaborative relationships;
  • Experience with budgets and university financing mechanisms;
  • Significant experience in the administration and development of academic initiatives.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising.

For a complete position profile, please visit

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Jan Asnicar, Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

6512 Painter Avenue

Whittier, CA 90601


Refer to code “HPU-SVPP” in subject line

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.