Hawaii Pacific University’s new president, John Gotanda, returned to Hawaii after a distinguished legal, teaching and administrative career on the Mainland, and now leads the largest private university in the State of Hawaii. He took office on July 1 and will speak about his strategic vision for HPU, how HPU’s curriculum will help address the current talent shortage, and his expectations for the Aloha Tower and Windward campuses.
John Gotanda is a graduate of Roosevelt High School, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (BBA, 1984) and the William S. Richardson School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review. He is the former dean of the law school at Villanova University, where he had previously served as Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Director of the J.D./M.B.A. Program. He also served as a staff attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, an associate attorney with Covington & Burling (Washington, D.C.), and as an associate attorney with Goodwin, Procter & Hoar (Boston).