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Date: Thursday, July 21, 2005
Contact: Dr. Rose Tseng, (808) 974-7444

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai`i Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. William Steiner as dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo . Steiner, whose appointment was approved during the Board’s July meeting in Honolulu, will assume his new duties in September.

“I’m very pleased that the Board has approved Dr. Steiner’s appointment,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng. “His extensive background as a teacher and researcher make him an outstanding choice for this position.”

For the past decade, Steiner has served as director of the Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC) in Honolulu. During that period, the Center underwent substantial growth in its activities and budget. PIERC is one of 17 USGS-BRD centers, and the only one located in North America. The Center is responsible for conducting federal research on the living natural resources in the Pacific Basin for partners who manage these resources, the agencies in the Department of Interior, the Department of Defense, and at State and County levels in different island systems.

Active in teaching, Steiner held the position of adjunct associate professor at the University of Missouri from 1986-1995 and adjunct professor at UH Manoa from 1995. He is also an associate in research with the Bishop Museum and serves on the State of Hawai`i Endangered Species Review Committee.

His extensive research credentials include authorship or co-authorship of over 60 refereed scientific publications and book chapters, editor of two books, author of six scientific reports and 30 abstracts. He has also received numerous grants and contracts for research throughout his career.

“Bill Steiner was born here in Hawai`i and returned to establish a very successful program for the USGS,” said Dr. Steve Hora, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. “His talents as a researcher and administrator are well known and he will be a positive force in leading the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management to the next level.”

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