Top University of Hawaii Leader Leaving for University of Texas

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Top University of Hawaii Leader Leaving for University of Texas


University of Hawaii system provost Linda Johnsrud is leaving UH for the University of Texas.

Johnsrud, also the executive vice president for academic affairs, serves in the second-highest leadership position at the university under the president.

"I love Hawaii, I love the university and I cannot believe that it has been 25 years. The University of Hawaii has been very good to me. I work with so many top-notch professionals. I'm not sure which makes it more difficult to leave--the place or the people. But it came down to family--my daughter and granddaughters live in Texas," Johnsrud said in a news release.

Johnsrud will be stepping down effective December 31 and will become associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Texas system.

Johnsrud came to Hawaii as an assistant professor in higher education administration at UH Manoa in 1988. She has served in a variety of roles during her 25 years at the university, including chair of the UH Manoa Faculty Senate, associate dean for the UH Manoa College of Education, interim chancellor at UH West Oahu, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at UH Manoa, and associate vice president for planning and policy at the UH System. Johnsrud has served as chief academic officer for the UH System since 2005.

She developed the six-year schedule of tuition increases adopted by the regents in 2005 and worked on policies on enrollment of international and out-of-state students and on increasing enrollment and retention of students.

Under Johnsrud's leadership, the university established performance measures for the UH system and the Hawaii Graduation Initiative, which has produced significant increases in the number of degrees and certificates awarded across the 10 campuses. …

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