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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright


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 July 1.


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 academic policies.

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 be missed.

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.

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