University of Hawaii at Hilo Begins Search for New Chancellor

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University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has announced it will begin its search for a new chancellor.  Chancellor Rose Tseng has led the campus since 1998 and will step down at the conclusion of her term of appointment on June 30, 2010.  During her tenure, Chancellor Tseng has increased enrollment, grants and global recognition of UH Hilo, as well as built new facilities and started new degree programs.

The UH Hilo Chancellor’s Search Advisory Committee has been constituted. The committee is co-chaired by Sevki Erdogan, UH Hilo faculty congress and professor in computer science and David Lassner, UH System vice president for information technology and chief information officer. The 16-member search advisory committee also includes:
  • Dan Brown, professor of anthropology, UH Hilo
  • Barbara Leonard, associate professor of accounting, UH Hilo
  • Ken Morris, professor of pharmaceutical science, UH Hilo
  • Pua Kanakaole Kanahele, director of research and development for Hawaiian related programs, Hawaii Community College
  • Kelson Hoomano Pakele, president, UH Hilo Student Associate
  • Andrea Adrian, secretary III, UH Hilo Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Jeff Scofield, executive coordinator for Enrollment Services, UH Hilo
  • Marcia Sakai, dean, UH Hilo College of Business and Economics
  • Ross Wilson, president, Current Events and chair, UH Hilo Chancellor’s Advisory Board
  • Ron Terry, private consultant
  • Eugene Nishimura, vice president, Hawaii National Bank
  • Barbara Hastings, partner, Hastings & Pleadwell
  • Mike Fujimoto, president, HPM Building Supply
  • Gladys Sonomura, member, UH Hilo Chancellor’s Advisory Board
The national search firm Issacson, Miller has been selected to assist in the search. Issacson, Miller handles nationwide searches for a wide variety of organizations, including leading universities, research institutes, academic medical centers, foundations, cultural institutions, economic development organizations, human service agencies, and national advocacy groups.
The committee will be asked to recommend candidates to UH System President M.R.C. Greenwood, who will then make a recommendation to the Board of Regents, which selects the chancellor. The committee’s intent is to complete the search and announce UH Hilo’s new chancellor by summer 2010.
The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, a comprehensive university of 3,500 students is located on the Hawai‘i Island, a natural living laboratory of active volcanoes, deep oceans, the world’s best telescopes and a rich cultural landscape. UH Hilo bachelor’s and master’s degree programs take advantage of it all. UH Hilo is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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