Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University
Wilson Award Winner
Erica Steele is coordinator of exchange agreements in the Office of International Affairs. Since joining the UH System office in 1990, she has transformed what was once a mere collection of papers into a growing, vibrant student exchange program. A record number of UH students now attend partner institutions and UH welcomes students from Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Tahiti, France, Germany, Denmark and many other countries.
Steele works with colleagues here and abroad to arrange partner institution visitations and signing ceremonies. She creates guidelines for establishing agreements and raises awareness of exchange opportunities for students and faculty members. Steele draws on her experience as a former resident of Micronesia and Fiji. A UH alumna (BA ’88), she used sabbatical leave to obtain a master’s degree in international education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.
Her efforts were instrumental in bringing the first two exchange students from the University of Otago to the University of Hawaii and in establishing agreements with the University of Auckland, University of French Polynesia and Victoria University of Wellington, among others.
The Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University recognizes exemplary service to the university by a UH employee. It was established by the Board of Regents in 1969 to honor the long-time UH employee and secretary to the board.
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