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
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.