HPU Associate Dean for Graduate
Advising Deborah L. Nakashima has been elected to region chair
for Pacific Region 9 of the National Academic Advising Association
(NACADA). Nakashima will assume the leadership role at the
end of the NACADA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., in October,
and will serve until October 2009.
Nakashima will be responsible for representing and providing
leadership to the membership of geographic region 9, which includes
Hawai‘i, California, and Nevada; facilitate networking
opportunities and member recruitment; identify needed membership
services for the region; establish and maintain a regional governing
structure; and oversee the annual regional conference, state
workshops, and other professional development opportunities for
Being elected to this NACADA leadership position is not only
a fine tribute by one’s peers,” said Susan Campbell,
NACADA president, “but is also recognition of significant
professional contributions to and excellence in the field of
Nakashima has been a communication and career skills instructor
at HPU for more than 20 years. A Pearl City High School graduate
and Kailua resident, Nakashima earned a master’s degree
in education from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa and is
an active member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrar
and Admissions Officers.
The National Academic Advising Association was founded in 1979
to promote quality academic advising and professional development
of its membership to ensure the educational development of students.
NACADA has grown to more than 9,200 members comprising faculty
members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and
other in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual,
personal, and vocational needs of students.