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William Chismar, PhD
Interim Dean

Phone: 808.956.6300

Biographical Narrative

William Chismar is dean of Outreach College and interim dean of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he is also a professor of information technology management in the Shidler College of Business. Prior to becoming dean, he served seven years as the associate dean for academic affairs at the Shidler College of Business and three years as an adjunct professor in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. As the dean of Outreach College, he has built strong, collaborative relationships with other colleges across campus; restructured the financial operations within the College, greatly improving transparency and efficiency; refocused the College to better support the strategic goals of UH Mānoa; built a strong sense of educational entrepreneurship and innovation; reorganized the College and its portfolio of programs to better respond to changes in educational needs of the professional communities. Dr. Chismar earned a Ph.D. in industrial administration, an M.S. in system sciences, and a B.S. in philosophy and mathematics all from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since 1986, specializing in the evaluation and adoption of health information systems. He has taught courses in ethics, the management of information systems, medical informatics, database management, and telecommunications. His excellence in teaching is evidenced by his having received many teaching awards. Active in the professional community, in 1999 Chismar founded and continues to chair the Information Technology in Healthcare track at the Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences. Currently, he is president elect of the Association of University Summer Sessions. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, sailing and cooking.


PhD – Carnegie Mellon University

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