President, University of Hawaii System
An internationally known researcher and nationally recognized leader in higher education, M.R.C. Greenwood became the 14th president of the University of Hawaii in August 2009. She unites strong belief in the exceptional caliber of the UH System with determination to develop the university’s voice as a national leader in higher education.
The first woman to serve as UH’s chief executive officer, Greenwood brings experience as both a campus and university system leader.
As provost and senior vice president–academic affairs for the University of California system, the system’s second highest position, she led task forces on long range planning and graduate and professional education, supported a new science and math initiative and worked to rebalance the university’s academic portfolio and make admissions procedures more transparent.
As chancellor of UC Santa Cruz 1996–2004, she led the campus through a period of great growth, opening the UC system’s first new residential college in 30 years, expanding academic programs by 52 percent, hiring 250 new faculty members, more than doubling extramural research support and constructing nearly a million assignable square feet in academic buildings. Major accomplishments included launching the campus’s first professional school, securing National Science Foundation and private support for the Center for Adaptive Optics, establishing a UC Silicon Valley Center; and developing the nation’s first NASA University Affiliated Research Center.
A national leader on science and technology policy and an expert on higher education policy issues, Greenwood served as associate director and consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and chaired the National Academies Policy and Global Affairs Division. As a member of state and national committees and councils, she has tackled issues from writing in America’s schools and biomedical careers for women to national security and ethics of the information society.
She is past-president and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow of the American Academies of Arts and Sciences, member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences and former member of the National Science Board.
An expert on obesity and diabetes, Greenwood most recently served as vice-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention. She has also served as director of the Foods for Health Initiative, chair of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology and distinguished professor of nutrition and internal medicine at UC Davis. She has published extensively, received numerous scientific awards and been president of the Obesity Society and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, chair of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine and fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.
Greenwood graduated summa cum laude from Vassar College and received her PhD from The Rockefeller University. A self-described voracious and eclectic reader, she also enjoys volunteer work, hiking, sailing and being a “soccer grandma.”