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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

“After a distinguished military career, Admiral Fargo is now a highly successful business leader in the corporate community, and HPU is extremely pleased that he accepted our invitation to become part of the state’s largest private university,” said Aull. “As HPU looks to expand its enrollment and academic programs, as well as build out its beautiful Hawai‘i Loa campus, Tom [Fargo] brings a wealth of leadership and experience that will contribute immeasurably to the growth of Hawai‘i Pacific University.”

Born in San Diego, Calif., Fargo is a 1970 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. His 35 years of service include six tours in Washington, D.C., and five command assignments in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Middle East.

In October 1999, Fargo was appointed the 29 th commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and in 2002 he became the 20th officer to hold the position of commander, U.S. Pacific Command, which is the largest unified command in the U.S. military. In this role, he was the senior U.S. military commander in East Asia and the Pacific and Indian Ocean, areas and directed joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force across 100 million square miles.

“ HPU is a leader in private higher education,” Fargo said, “and has helped Hawai‘i become the educational center of the Pacific through its global outreach to students, including those in the military.” He continued: “I am excited, eager, and honored to work with visionaries such as President Chatt Wright, Chairman Aull, and the other trustees who are responsible for the great success HPU has achieved in only 40 years.”

Fargo retired from the Navy in February 2005. He soon joined Trex Enterprises Corporation as chairman of two of its subsidiaries, Sago Systems, Inc., and Loea Corporation. Trex is a diversified high-technology firm focused on products and solutions related to homeland security, defense, and wireless communications. In November 2005, Fargo was appointed president of Trex Enterprises and now oversees the strategic path of the entire company.

In addition to serving as a trustee for HPU, Fargo also serves on the Boards of Directors for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Hawaiian Airlines, and the Japan-America Society, as well as the Iolani School Board of Governors. He is National vice chairman of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund.


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