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by Kalamalama staff
HPU President Chatt G. Wright, in his capacity as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Oceanic Institute, announced today that Anthony Ostrowski, Ph.D., will be OI interim president. As OI vice president and director of the U.S. Marine Shrimp Farming Program, Ostrowski headed one of OI’s largest and most successful research programs.
Ostrowski replaces Bruce Anderson, Ph.D., who has been named as the first director of Health and Science Programs at HPU. Ostrowski will serve until a permanent successor is named by a search committee formed by OI’s Board of Trustees.
“ Dr. Ostrowski brings to the position more than 22 years of aquaculture research and administrative experience,” said Wright, adding that he is exceptionally suited to lead the Institute in the interim.”
Ostrowski received both his master and doctorate degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.
Anderson has been president of OI since August 2004. Since then, he has overseen the restructuring of OI’s operations, supported the diversification of its funding base, and lead OI in pursuing new programs to address current issues, such as biofuels research and development.
“ I feel very good about everything we were able to accomplish during my five years as president of OI,” Anderson said. “I am leaving a financially healthy organization with a more diversified revenue base and a bright future in good hands.”
Anderson praised the OI staff for their willingness to “take on the challenges of developing new technologies to sustain seafood supplies and preserving marine resources. Their success is making a positive impact worldwide,” he added.
“ Dr. Anderson’s contributions to the growth and stability of OI are enormous,” said Wright. “Under his leadership, OI has expanded its outreach to the local community, including high school students interested in marine science and aquaculture and local shrimp farmers, while enhancing its international reputation in research and development of applied aquaculture, fisheries, and environmental science technologies.”
The Oceanic Institute is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific University and home to HPU’s new graduate program in marine science.
“ OI’s affiliation with HPU provides the opportunity for students to work with some of the best scientists in the world. It has been a pleasure to work with the staff and faculty of HPU in growing this program over the past few years,” said Anderson.
In his new position at HPU, Anderson will draw on his background and experience in the public health field, including his tenure as the director of Health for the state of Hawai‘i, to assist HPU to further serve the health care and public health communities.
“ The health care industry has a demand for skilled professionals,” said Anderson. “HPU is already helping fill this void through its Nursing program, which is the largest in the state, offering both bachelor and master degrees. But, there are other needs besides nurses,” he added, “and I hope to help HPU educate and prepare the health care professionals of the future.”
“We are particularly pleased to welcome Dr. Anderson to HPU,” said HPU’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. John Kearns. “He brings vast experience in public health, exactly what we need to help shape new academic programs to meet the growing demand for qualified


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