|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
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
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
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
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
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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