Tom Apple, Chancellor-Designate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, arrives on campus Monday, June 18. “We welcome Tom to the UH Mānoa campus, where it has been my pleasure and privilege to serve as Chancellor for the past five years,” said Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. “I look forward to working with him to facilitate a smooth leadership transition over the coming weeks.”
Said Apple, “My wife, Anne, and I are touched and overwhelmed by the aloha we have experienced, not only from the campus-wide UH Mānoa ‘ohana but the greater Hawai‘i community. I’m a firm believer that effective leadership begins with listening and plan to launch a ‘listening tour’ to learn more about needs, aspirations and desires for the Mānoa campus. I will be focusing on three priorities: (1) pursuing student success/transformation, (2) increasing research, and (3) grounding UH Mānoa in the traditional values of the Native Hawaiian culture.”
The UH Board of Regents selected Apple from among five finalists. Dr. Apple, a distinguished chemist and academic leader, will assume leadership of the Mānoa campus on Sunday, June 24.
Hinshaw, a noted virologist and experienced administrator, will return to the faculty at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the end of the month. Under her tenure, UH Mānoa has earned full WASC accreditation for the maximum term of 10 years. The campus has increased financial aid to ensure access for Hawai‘i’s students and provided a smoother transition for transferring students from UH community colleges to continue their higher education. She has been credited with elevating community engagement to new heights through numerous partnerships locally, nationally and internationally, and effectively communicating the value that UH Mānoa provides to Hawai‘i and the world.