Terry L. Hunt, a renowned anthropologist, archaeologist and educator, is the new dean of the University of Arizona Honors College.
“I am delighted with the leadership that Dr. Hunt brings to the University of Arizona Honors College,” says UA President Robert C. Robbins. “We are committed to transforming our Honors College to be the best program in the country, and I am confident that Terry is the right leader to help achieve this goal. With his guidance, the reimagined Honors College offers students a program in which discovery, research, inquiry and engagement are threaded through every facet of the experience, making for a unique undergraduate academic career that will benefit our students as we move into the rapidly evolving world of the fourth industrial revolution.”
Hunt previously served as dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, which secured a top-10 ranking by Public University Honors, earning a perfect score under his leadership.
“I am excited about joining an enthusiastic team to build an honors college that draws on the unique strengths of Arizona,” Hunt says. “A national leader in research, the UA represents an opportunity to foster intellectual curiosity and lifelong learners by integrating research and learning. Student success is the foundation of institutional success, and I look forward to further developing experiential curricula, enabling students to develop cross-disciplinary skills and adaptability in a world of fast-paced change and new careers.”
Hunt is one of the world’s foremost experts on the human and environmental histories of the Pacific Islands, where he has conducted field research for more than four decades. He is among the most widely published scholars on Pacific archaeology and prehistory and has co-edited four books relating to the Pacific Islands.
Hunt earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawaii in 1976, his master’s degree at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1980, and his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Washington.