HONOLULU (KHON2) - Gov. David Ige revealed Thursday the interim consultation of Bruce Anderson, Ph.D., to lead the Hawaii State Department of Health following the June 1 retirement of Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Pressler who has actually functioned as the director of health because December 2014.
In a letter to the guv dated Might 4, 2018, Dr. Pressler outlined the department's achievements over the previous 3 and a half years and kept in mind that she's retiring to devote more time to household and pals and the activities she's not had time for because she was too hectic working.Anderson, who has actually acted as administrator of the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Aquatic Resources because October 2015, repeats his function as director of health, having actually served in the position throughout the Cayetano administration.
He has also functioned as president of the Oceanic Institute and president and primary executive officer of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.
Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in managing health and environmental management programs in the State of Hawaii.
Anderson was born and raised in Hawaii. He went to Punahou School on Oʻahu, Colorado College, and Yale University, where he got his master's degree in Public Health.
Anderson also has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Hawaii.
"After more than twenty years with the Department of Health and his previous experience as director, Bruce will be able to hit the ground running and efficiently support and lead existing efforts," stated Gov. Ige. "Ginny Pressler has been an outstanding leader who has contributed much to the health of individuals in Hawaii throughout her years of civil service. She has much to be happy with, and I want her well in retirement. I understand she'll continue to be an active member of our neighborhood," he included.
"I appreciate the guv's consideration and anticipate returning to the Department of Health to work as director," said Anderson. "I have actually enjoyed dealing with Chair Case and the exceptional team of biologists and others at the Division of Aquatic Resources. My first years in civil service were at the Department of Health, and I also enjoyed working with the dedicated team of health specialists there. I feel like I'm going back to my roots now. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the state in safeguarding both the health and environment of individuals of Hawaii."
"It has been an honor and an opportunity to work as director of health as part of Gov. Ige's team," stated Dr. Virginia Pressler. "I accepted the consultation three and a half years ago because I wished to give back to the state that I like a lot. I likewise knew and admired Gov. Ige as a person of integrity. I understood that we could make a distinction in public health and I have actually not been disappointed. I am really proud of exactly what we have accomplished in a couple of short years. Now it is time for me to invest more time with my family and my good friends."