HONOLULU(HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw announced Wednesday morning that she will be stepping down at the completion of her five-year contract next summer.
In an e-mail announcement, Hinshaw wrote, "UH Mânoa is truly an impressive university – like no place else on earth – with many accomplishments yet to come. I am confident that UH Mânoa is moving forward in a very positive direction, but there is also much yet to do."
Hinshaw was named Chancellor after a nationwide search in 2007. She has led the Manoa campus during difficult financial challenges due to state budget cuts. Among her achievements is helping the school secure a renewed 10-year accreditation from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) in July of 2011.
She was also Chancellor when the Warrior football team won the WAC Championship and made it's first trip to a major post-season bowl game in New Orleans on January 1, 2008.
"Chancellor Hinshaw's decision to begin the transition to new leadership at U.H. Mânoa and to work with us in finding that future leader at our flagship campus is a testament to her commitment to and care for the university," said University of Hawai'i System President MRC Greenwood. "We'll conduct a nationwide search to fill her position and the Chancellor's assistance and input will be valuable to us. I am grateful to her for all she's accomplished at the University of Hawaii."
"In my years of association with the University, I can say without hesitation that her commitment and dedication to the University's students, faculty, and staff is deep and abiding. She sets a standard that her successor can only hope to match," said Governor Neil Abercrombie.
President Greenwood said that a nationwide search for the next Chancellor for U.H. Mânoa would begin shortly.
In her e-mail message to the University, Hinshaw concluded, "I am strongly dedicated to a smooth transition for the campus as the next chancellor is selected. I know that individual will feel as I do blessed to serve this university and be part of the Manoa ohana. My heart is smiling as I envision the future for UH Manoa and Hawaii – mahalo nui loa!"
More on Hinshaw's announcement tonight on Hawaii News Now beginning at 5 p.m.