State Director of Health Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Pressler has announced her retirement, effective June 1, according to a statement released today by Gov. David Ige.
“Ginny Pressler has been an outstanding leader who has contributed much to the health of the people in Hawaii during her years of public service,” said Ige.
Pressler said in a letter dated May 4 that she’s retiring in order to devote more time to family, friends and activities she hasn’t had time to participate in.
“I accepted the appointment three and a half years ago because I wanted to give back to the state that I love so much,” Pressler said. “I knew that we could make a difference in public health and I have not been disappointed.”
Bruce Anderson, who has served as the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources administrator since 2015, will replace Pressler as interim heath director next month. The Punahou School graduate has more than 30 years of professional experience managing health and environmental protection programs in Hawaii.
“I appreciate the governor’s consideration and look forward to returning to the Department of Health to serve as director,” said Anderson. “I have enjoyed working with Chair Case and the outstanding team of biologists and others at the Division of Aquatic Resources.
“My first years in public service were at the Department of Health,” Anderson said. “I feel like I’m going back to my roots now. I am excited to have this opportunity to serve the state in protecting both the health and environment.”