Tiare Judd Police ’86 , director of admissions

Tiare Judd Police ’86 , director of admissions

Tiare Judd Police ’86 knows HPA from myriad perspectives. The daughter of Gail and Tioni Judd ’62, she grew up within the HPA ‘ohana. Her husband, Albert Police ’85, and her brother, Ka‘imi Judd ’89, are alumni, as are numerous relatives. As a parent, she witnesses the transformational effect of HPA on her children, Kepa ’13, Maiah ’15, and Isabella ’21. Since 2009, Police has worked for the Academy in advancement and admission roles. Now, she’s entering her third year as director of admissions.

As a student, Police discovered soccer, track, and cross-country; in three of her four years at HPA, she won the cross-country BIIF championship. She went on to attend Colorado State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies.


What excites you most about admission work?
I think it’s knowing that each student holds such undiscovered potential. Having been through the HPA experience, I can already envision what it will do for them. I’ve seen the effect of making friends from around the world, or discovering a new sport, as I did, or knowing these incredible faculty members. I see students and their families on the threshold of a whole new world. It’s such an honor, so exciting, to help them find their way into this experience.

What was it like, watching your own kids attend HPA?
Well, I’m still in that process, since Isabella is a sophomore this year. It’s been so amazing to watch each of them be nurtured by the faculty. They’ve grown in confidence and into this sense of belonging that I think we all share within the HPA ‘ohana. The generosity that exists among alumni all around the world—in terms of networking, hospitality, common friendship—I think that grows from the experience we shared on campus, across generations. Knowing my kids are part of that continuum means so much.

Being an HPA parent also helps me guide other parents through the admission process and their child’s education. Knowing when to let go and when to step in can be one of the hardest things as a parent. I cry with the moms when it’s time to say goodbye during orientation, and I celebrate when graduation comes. Families are never just an admission file to any of us in the office.

Do you have any advice for new students?
Yes! HPA is overflowing with opportunities—academic, athletic, artistic, social. So much will be offered to you. At the same time, we each have a responsibility to nurture and give back to the community. We create it together, every year. Consider the questions, ideas, and talents you want to bring. Then come ready to explore, take risks, and grow!

Editor’s note: This profile first appeared in the fall 2018 issue of Ma Ke Kula.