Kamehameha Schools Chief Executive Officer Dee Jay Mailer to Retire in 2014

DEE JAY A. MAILER Chief Executive Officer Kamehameha Schools

Chief Executive Officer
Kamehameha Schools

Aloha e ka ‘Ohana o nā Kula ‘o Kamehameha,

Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from Kamehameha Schools in 2014. I have spoken with our Trustees, and want to allow them ample time to properly recruit your new Chief Executive Officer.

Retirement means I will step out of a role I have been very fortunate to be in for 10 years at Kamehameha Schools. However, Kamehameha’s mission, people, and this precious kuleana will always be a blessed part of my life. My heart is perpetually warmed by our work together to help educate and nurture your keiki. What an honor it has been to care for Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s dearest treasures — Pauahi’s people, her children, and her lands, all through the perpetuation of our culture and by being “good and industrious” under Ke Akua’s love and guidance.

I have given my decision to retire much thought, considering that the logical point for leadership change at Kamehameha Schools is at the end of our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan. I believe more firmly than ever that the 2015-30 Strategic Plan should be supported by a new CEO, who will be inspired by the aspirations of the community for the coming 15 years, and who will bring additional perspectives to the plan’s execution.

Looking back at my decade with Kamehameha Schools, of all the kuleana I shepherd here, the most important and fulfilling is being involved with the lives of our students! I overflow with pride each time I hear of the stellar achievements of your keiki, our haumāna — achievements of character, scholarship and talent that honor both their families and Kamehameha.

We are very proud to graduate 700 well-prepared seniors and 1,600 preschoolers every year. And with the help of many collaborators and partner organizations, we have quadrupled our reach into communities to impact thousands more keiki annually. We continue to steward and nurture our lands for the Lāhui and all of Hawai‘i, using the wisdom of our ancestral past and the clarity of present day to bring our precious ‘Āina back to health and productivity.

I offer my deepest mahalo palena ‘ole for your constant support and encouragement, and ask that over the next year, you continue to work closely with me, step-by-step to fulfill the dreams Pauahi had for your keiki and our Lāhui. There is no better way for a leader to say Aloha than with a solid and joyful finish.

Dearest mākua, I will continue to watch with pride your children and youth as they grow up to serve our world. And to our awesome alumni, I remain a proud member of your hui and give thanks for all of the deeds you have done to carry forth the values of Pauahi.

I mua Kamehameha!
Dee Jay Mailer
Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer


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