As president of HPU, I depend on the professional
knowledge and skills of a senior management team that works
closely with me in the administration of the University. I
would like to tell you about two members of that senior team–one
who holds and the other who will hold–the title of vice
president, Student Support Services. The first is Nancy Ellis,
who is retiring May 31 after 15 years in that position. Her
replacement is Dr. Jeffrey Philpott, who takes on the position
Nancy Ellis started her HPU career as registrar
in 1982. She is one of HPU’s pioneer administrators,
having begun her career here in an era when records were kept
manually, supplemented by a few outsourced computer programs.
She was involved in the earliest discussions of computerization
of student records, and helped establish standardized student
In 1986, Nancy was promoted to the position of associate academic
dean, and during that period she established academic advising
programs, including advising programs for working adult students.
After becoming dean in 1988, Nancy was promoted to vice president
and dean, Student Support Services in 1990. Under her leadership,
the Division of Student Support Services has grown and flourished.
In addition, she has enthusiastically provided support for arts
programs such as the Hawai‘i Loa Art Gallery and the addition
of music programs such as the International Chorale and Ensemble.
An indication of her success are the comments made by a recent
visiting accreditation team that commended Student Support Services “for
its enthusiastic, hard-working, and collegial efforts aimed at
advancing assessment and educational effectiveness of the University.” Nancy
has made far-reaching contributions to HPU and her presence will
Dr. Jeffery Philpott, a 14-year-veteran administrator, has served
as dean of Students at both Saint Xavier University in Chicago
and most recently at Warren College, University of California-San
Diego. He also has experience with the direction of First-Year
Experience programs and has taught English courses as an adjunct
professor. He holds a B.A. degree from Dickinson College, M.A.
from Idaho State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education
from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
I urge you to join me in welcoming Dr. Jeff Philpott to the University
and to recognize Nancy Ellis for her many contributions to HPU.
But don’t say goodbye to Nancy. She will continue to be
associated with HPU for many years to come.