This $228 million gift from Jay H. Shidler is the largest in the University of Hawai‘i 110-year history and one of the largest to a U.S. business school.
Mr. Shidler’s latest gift of cash and real estate ground leases ensures the college’s long-term financial health, and of particular note, enables the college to extensively increase scholarship support for Shidler business students within the next 40 years.
This gift will also enable the college to launch new and innovative academic programs, accelerate support for students and faculty, recruit top faculty and students, strengthen our alumni network and achieve many more great things.
Mr. Shidler's previous gifts of $25 million in 2006, $69 million in 2014, and several other gifts over the past 11 years have transformed the business college and set it on a path to become one of the top business schools in the nation. His gifts have already yielded dramatic and lasting results to the campus facilities, programs, faculty research, and reputation.
Impact of Shidler’s Gift (2006 – 2017):
Educating Future Global Leaders
- 16th in the nation — U.S. News ranked the college’s undergraduate international business program 16th for 2018
- Nearly $1million in scholarships — awarded 340 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year
- 88% of undergraduates placed in full-time jobs three months after graduating in May 2017
- 571 students placed in internships in the 2016-2017 academic year
- 79% of Global MBAs placed in jobs after graduating in 2017
- 60% of undergraduate students participate in club activities
- $280,000 in travel scholarships
- #1 in study abroad participants — at UH Mānoa
- About 55% of top executive positions in Vietnam are held by Shidler alumni (VEMBA)
- Global MBA with focuses on China and Japan
- Longest running Asian Field Study program in the nation
Internationally Recognized Faculty
- Top faculty research citations in marketing and information technology management
- 38 faculty endowments — number of faculty endowments grew from 6 in 2005 to 38 in 2017
- Over 50% of Shidler faculty is endowed, allowing for an improved research environment and output.
- Shidler Distinguished Seminar series brings globally recognized scholars to campus
- Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is ranked #1 in academic citations and is one of the world's longest-running information system conferences.
- Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) equips all UH students to think entrepreneurially through mentorship, training, and resources.
- Family Business Center of Hawai‘i (FBCH) boasts over 70 member companies and is one of the most successful family business centers in the U.S.