About Dr. Bannister
Dr. Geoffrey Bannister leads HPU with extensive experience in higher education, having served as the 17th president of Butler University, Indianapolis, for 12 years. He previously was dean of Liberal Arts, and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston University.
More recently, he has advocated for international education, serving as president of both the Study Abroad Foundation, and of Cultural Experiences Abroad, one of the largest study-abroad providers in the nation. He was also founding president of the Forum on Education Abroad, an organization serving the field of study-abroad education.
Dr. Bannister was born in the United Kingdom and reared in New Zealand, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Geography from the University of Otago. He earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Toronto in Canada, before coming to the U.S. to pursue his academic career. On July 4, 1989, he became a U.S. citizen.
Dr. Bannister is an economic geographer who has published extensively in the field of urban studies, regional development, demographic forecasting, and higher education. All are areas of expertise that will serve HPU well as we continue our campaign to redevelop the Hawai'i Loa campus and make strategic changes to our downtown operations.