Pearl Iboshi

Director, IR and Analysis

University of Hawaii


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Pearl Iboshi

Director, IR and Analysis

University of Hawaii

Pearl Imada Iboshi is the Director of the Institutional Research and Analysis Office for the University of Hawaii system. In this capacity, she oversees the University’s effort to promote consistent data collection across all ten campuses of the system, is an active member of the Hawaii Graduation Initiative to improve graduation rates at all campuses, and is part of the effort to promote data driven decision making. She previously served as the Acting Director for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the State Economist in the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism for the State of Hawaii.
Originally from Hilo, Hawaii, Dr. Imada Iboshi received her undergraduate degree in economics from Grinnell College in Iowa. She then obtained her masters degree in the same field from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, and her doctorate in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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