University of Hawaii at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney announced today Ken Hon, professor of geology, has accepted the offer to serve as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs effective July 1, 2017. He will be replacing Vice Chancellor Matt Platz, who previously announced his intention to return to the classroom in August, while a search is conducted for a permanent vice chancellor.
The appointment will be posted on the UH Board of Regents agenda later this month.
Hon has served as a faculty member at UH Hilo since 1997.
“His knowledge of the university and experience on the Research Council give him a campus-wide perspective, which is important for this position,” says Chancellor Straney today in an email announcement to the university community.
Vice Chancellor Platz will work with Professor Hon this summer to ensure the Office of Academic Affairs is prepared for the start of the new academic year.