Virginia S. Hinshaw Ph.D.
University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
As Chancellor of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Virginia S. Hinshaw serves as the chief executive officer responsible for providing both administrative and academic leadership to the flagship campus of the University of Hawai`i System.
Hinshaw is a renowned scientist with expertise in microbiology whose work over the past 25 years has aided in the understanding of the influenza virus and new approaches to vaccines. She has conducted research at different hospitals and universities, including Medical College of Virginia, University of California Berkeley, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Wisconsin Madison. Hinshaw's research has increased our understanding of various aspects of influenza viruses, such as important hosts in nature, transmission among humans, lower mammals and birds, genetic changes related to disease severity, the molecular basis of cell killing, and new approaches to vaccines. Her innovative and energetic teaching style, combined with her continual advocacy for research and education, has earned her national recognition and acclaim.
Board of Regents Chair Kitty Lagareta and UH System President David McClain welcome Virginia Hinshaw to the flagship campus
Prior to joining UH Mānoa in 2007, she served as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Davis, where she oversaw the campus's $2.3 billion budget and was responsible for the UC Davis Health System; campus operations; and strategic leadership in planning, coordinating, and implementing academic direction and programs.
Hinshaw received a bachelor's degree in laboratory technology in 1966 and a master's degree in microbiology in 1967, both from Auburn University. After working at the Medical College of Virginia as a clinical and research microbiologist, she returned to Auburn University and received a doctoral degree in microbiology in 1973. She is also a former Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.