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by Kalamalama staff

HPU President Chatt G. Wright recently announced the appointment of Dr. Aytun Ozturk as dean of the the University’s College of Business Administration.
Ozturk joined HPU as assistant professor in 2003 to teach in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and was appointed MBA program chair shortly thereafter. He lead faculty through a major revision of the MBA curriculum and was named assistant dean of the College in 2006. He is also an associate professor in the MBA program and University advisor for the MBA Club–Hawai‘i.
“ As the new dean, I plan to ensure a student-centered, relevant program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by working closely with faculty to foster an environment in which new ideas and initiative can come forward that will help connect theory with practice,” Ozturk said. “Another of my top priorities is expanding the programs we offer both in the classroom and via distance education in ways that complement the University’s mission.”
Ozturk said HPU brings the business world into the classroom through guest lectures and by having some of the best business people in Hawai‘i teaching courses.
“ I plan to maintain and grow HPU’s relationships with the business community,” he said. “The University has forged partnerships with Bank of Hawai‘i, Disney, Marriott, and many others, making downtown Honolulu as a business laboratory for HPU students.
“ I believe HPU offers a learning environment that cannot be found elsewhere,” Ozturk added. “We will continue to ensure it stays that way.”
Ozturk holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California-Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Operations Research and a specialization in Stochastic Optimization from the University of Pittsburgh.




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