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Announcement: New interim dean named for College of Business and Economics

Professor of Management Emmeline de Pillis’s experience working with stakeholders and campus programs will be extremely valuable as she leads the college during this interim period.

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

Emmeline de Pillis
Emmeline de Pillis

Dr. Emmeline de Pillis, professor of management, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Business and Economics (CoBE) effective June 1, 2019. A search for a permanent dean will begin in late fall or early spring.

A graduate of the University of Southern California with a doctor of philosophy in business administration, Dr. de Pillis joined UH Hilo in 1997 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2007. She has served as department chair, director of the Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX), chair of the assurance learning committee, and chair of the CoBE faculty senate. She was a member of the University of Hawai‘i System President’s Emerging Leadership Program in 2014.

Dr. de Pillis has developed working relationships with multiple constituencies on campus and in the community and has served on various boards and committees. Her experience working with internal and external stakeholders and with CoBE and campus programs and initiatives will be extremely valuable as she leads the college during this interim period.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. de Pillis into her new role, and thanking Dr. Tam Vu who served as interim dean of CoBE for the past year and congratulating her on her retirement.

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

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