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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

This spring the university made what will hopefully be a historic step and adopted a new mission statement. (The old mission statement can be found in the 2001-2003 Hawaii Pacific University Academic Catalog on page five.)

A mission statement should convey “what we do,” “who we are,” and what we aspire to be.” Some companies’ missions are concise enough to fit on a t-shirt or be used as a slogan. A short slogan could not possibly convey what we are or hope to become, but, still, HPU needed a little fewer than 100 words to convey its essence.

Our new mission statement was initially drafted by by the Educational Effectiveness and Planning Committee from the input of spring 2001 focus groups. It was then rewritten over several drafts like a good term paper. It improved with each effort made and now, I believe, provides all of us with a template for the future that honors our past. In some ways, the mission is the soul of the university:

Hawai’i Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai’i. Students from around the world join us for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. We prepare our graduates to live, work, and learn as productive and active members of a global society. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs respond to the changing needs of society.

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