Dean of Architecture Wins Distinguished Alumni Award

William (Bill) Chapman

University of Hawaii at Mānoa School of Architecture Acting Dean William Chapman is the 2022 recipient of the Florence R. Sabin Class of 1889 Distinguished Alumni Award at Vermont Academy.

Established in 1985, the Sabin Prize recognizes alumni who have used the academic and life skills learned at the academy to achieve significant success in their professional careers, or who have made outstanding contributions to community engagement. This is the highest honor the academy can bestow on its alumni.

“I was really surprised. I remember seeing the portraits of the Sabin winners lined up in the main hall of the classroom and thinking that I would never be among them,” Chapman said. a small boarding school in Vermont spawns so many awesome characters.”

Tom Oxholm, president of the Vermont Academy Alumni Association, wrote, “In reviewing Dr. Chapman’s impressive accomplishments and background, the selection committee and board of trustees were unanimous in their decision that his exemplary work in the fields of historic preservation, Asia-Pacific architecture and architectural history deserve recognition as recipients of the Sabin Prize.

Other Sabin Award recipients include: Paul Percy Harris, Founder of Rotary International; Maj. Gen. Bruce M. Lawlor, senior director of the Department of Homeland Security; Chris Sinclair, former chairman of Pepsi-Cola; and Aerosmith lead guitarist Anthony “Joe” Perry.

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Chapman, a 1967 graduate of Vermont Academy, is the former director of the graduate program in historic preservation and chair of the Department of American Studies. A four-time Fulbright laureate, he graduated from the University of Virginia, Columbia University and the University of Oxford.

“The University of Hawaii includes faculty, staff, scholars and students from around the world,” Chapman said. “Education is a two-way street, where experiences are introduced and other experiences are transferred. The greater the reach of the university, the better it is for the future of our uh students and our own children. For me, this is a holistic education, which most of us uh Mānoa and the wider educational community Hawaii also support. I hope Vermont Academy instilled some of that in me and that I can pass it on in my own work.

This is an example of uh Mānoa’s goal of improving student achievement (PDF), one of the four objectives defined in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

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