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Matthew Platz confirmed as UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Matthew Platz


I am pleased to announce that, after a national search process, Dr. Matthew Platz accepted my offer of the position as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UH Hilo. President Greenwood today confirmed his appointment.

Dr. Platz will be joining us as Vice Chancellor in January, 2013. In the meantime, he will be making several extended visits to the campus so that he can participate in planning and get to know the campus.

Dr. Platz is currently Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at the Ohio State University and Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.

We look forward to him joining our ‘ohana.

Don Straney


Matthew Platz

B.Sc 1973 Chemistry, Mathematics SUNY Albany
Ph.D 1977 Chemistry Yale University
Post Doctoral 1977 NSF-Fellowship University of Chicago

Positions Held
1978 – 1983 Assistant Professor Ohio State University
1983 – 1987 Associate Professor Ohio State University
1987 – Present Full Professor Ohio State University
1994 – 1999 Department Chair Ohio State University
2006 – 2010 Vice Provost Ohio State University
2010- Director of the Division of Chemistry, National Science Foundation

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society
Remsen Award of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Sloan Fellowship
OSU Distinguished Scholar Award
OSU Outstanding Teaching Award
OSU Distinguished University Professor

Nomination period now open for UH Hilo 2012 Faculty and Staff Awards


Nominations are now being accepted for the following UH Hilo faculty and staff awards:

Recognizes creativity in teaching, scholarship, and artistic production at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Any full-time UH Hilo faculty or staff member is eligible. Teams consisting of two or more faculty or staff may also be nominated. (Students may be part of teams led by faculty or staff).

Presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to student life beyond the boundaries of their official responsibilities.

Presented to a building or ground maintenance employee who has made significant contributions to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Presented to a faculty or professional staff member who provides service related professional skills to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and their community.

Presented to an individual who has made a significant contributions to developing and promoting the mission and spirit of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Click here for nomination instructions and forms on our awards website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 23, 2012.

Office of the Chancellor

Hawai‘i Community College launches “Local First” menus

Announcement from UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney.


Hawai‘i Community College, in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, aims to support the development of farms and the agricultural industry on Hawai‘i island by showcasing the high quality and variety of local produce and products available through the “Local First” program.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 15, is the inaugural day for Hawai‘i Community College on Manono Campus to serve “Local First.” Chefs Allan Okuda and Sandra Barr-Rivera are putting together an exciting menu for this special day. Local foods will be featured in the cafeteria and in the fine dining Bamboo Hale.

The West Hawai‘i Campus, under the direction of James Lightner and Chef Paul, started Local First Friday on Feb. 3. The next will be this Friday, Feb. 17.

Let’s support our local farmers and businesses and the Local First program at both Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo.

Don Straney

Board of Regents approves UH Hilo 2011-2015 Strategic Plan

The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents unanimously approved UH Hilo’s new strategic plan for 2011-2015 at its meeting recently held at Kaua‘i Community College.  The plan places students at the center of the university’s mission, vision and goals, setting a clear framework for enhancing learning and preparing students to succeed in a globally competitive workforce.

“The whole point of strategic planning is to work with the plan you’ve developed and make sure it has an impact,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney.

A Strategic Planning Committee appointed by Straney engaged in a highly collaborative and consultative strategic planning process, seeking feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members at key stages.

“This strategic plan was developed for UH Hilo by UH Hilo and its incredibly supportive local community,” said Professor Kelly Burke, committee chair. “We received over 1,400 responses during the entire process and on behalf of the committee I want to thank everyone who took time to contribute to development of the plan.”

The strategic plan defines six main areas of focus for the coming years: student learning experiences and support; excellence in teaching, research and collaboration; a vibrant and sustainable environment within which to study, work and live; a diverse, multicultural university; impact on the community, island and state; and organizational excellence. Through these goals UH Hilo aims to positively impact its students, faculty, staff and broader community.

“This plan sets an exciting and challenging framework,” said Barry Mark, community representative on the committee. “It is a plan that the community fully supports and looks forward to working together with the university to put it into action.”

UH Hilo is currently undertaking implementation planning to ensure it is put into action.  Chancellor Straney and his senior administrators are leading implementation efforts in a similar collaborative way to how the plan was developed.

“It is our aim that through our strategic plan we will strengthen our existing foundations to build our future, one which we all helped to shape,” said Straney.

For more information about UH Hilo’s strategic plan and planning process, visit

UH Hilo’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan document is available for download at


Application deadline for Chancellor Scholarship is March 1

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is currently accepting applications for its Chancellor Scholarship, a prestigious award created for graduates from Hawai‘i high schools that covers four years of tuition. The estimated value over four years is $22,000.

High school applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or 1800 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT are encouraged to apply before the March 1, 2012 deadline. Applications should be submitted to the UH Hilo Admissions Office.

Applications are available on the Admissions website at

For additional information, call the UH Hilo Admissions Office at (808) 974-7714.