UH Hilo Leadership

Chancellor

Donald Straney, Chancellor Donald Straney became chancellor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 2010. Previously, he was dean of the College of Science and professor of biology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Under Chancellor Straney’s leadership, UH Hilo has created and launched a new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, established new doctoral degree programs, started construction on buildings for Student Services and the College of Hawaiian Language, and secured $32 million in state funds for student housing. For more information, visit the Office of the Chancellor.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Matthew Platz, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matthew Platz joined UH Hilo in January 2013. He previously served as the Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at Ohio State University and the director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. Since arriving at UH Hilo, Platz’s priority has been to get to know the faculty, staff, deans and directors as both accomplished professionals and as people. He has had small group discussions with almost every academic department and promoted the formation of a staff advisory committee. For more information, visit the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Gail Makuakane-Lundin, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin entered the role of Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs on May 1, 2014. For more information, visit the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

Marcia Sakai, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Marcia Sakai has been a UH Hilo faculty in business administration and economics since 1991 and is a professor of tourism and economics. She was appointed dean of UH Hilo’s College of Business and Economics in 2005. Since her arrival at administrative affairs in 2011, Sakai has made great progress toward improving campus-wide efficiency in several areas, notably technology infrastructure and energy conservation. For more information, visit the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs.