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Chancellor at the State Capitol this week

Above: Chancellor Bonnie Irwin with Governor David Ige, Hawai‘i State Capitol, July 11, 2019.

A note from the Chancellor about her week:

One of my priorities is to hear about local issues from our elected officials, and I so I spent much of this week listening to senators and representatives about issues important to their districts and the state so that we can work on partnerships and provide more educational opportunities for our students. I was gladdened by the level of support I heard from the island delegation and the governor for the great work we do here at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Photo via @bonnieirwin on Twitter.

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Greg Chun to serve as as senior advisor to UH on Maunakea

Greg Chun will represent the university externally on all matters relating to Maunakea, including the many discussions of alternative models of management.

Greg Chun
Greg Chun

Greg Chun has been appointed as senior advisor to University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner and UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai in overseeing the fulfillment of the responsibilities of the entire UH System on Maunakea. Chun is a UH Mānoa faculty member whose work focuses on the intersection of land use, community engagement and culture. Chun also chairs the Maunakea Management Board.

“Greg is extraordinarily well qualified and prepared to help the entire university and state move forward,” says Lassner in making the appointment. “Greg’s new role will enable him to represent the university externally on all matters relating to Maunakea, including the many discussions of alternative models of management. At the same time, he will be able to assist the entire University of Hawaiʻi in continuing to advance what have become award-winning stewardship and management programs across all parts of the institution.”

Chun is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and has formal training as a clinical psychologist. Now residing on Hawaiʻi Island, Chun has served at the senior executive level with both Kamehameha Schools and the Parker Ranch. He has experience with restoration of historic Hawaiian sites in West Hawaiʻi and Molokai, in the development of educational and cultural programming as well as Hawaiian culture and values training, and providing leadership and organizational development.

 

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UH Hilo chancellor search begins

A local, national and international search will be opened with the assistance of a professional firm, and the committee hopes to begin screening applicants and nominees by the end of February 2018.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Search Advisory Committee has been appointed, and the committee will begin meeting immediately. A local, national and international search will be opened with the assistance of a professional firm, and the committee hopes to begin screening applicants and nominees by the end of February 2018.

The committee will conduct confidential video interviews of the most promising candidates, and the committee plans to host on-campus visits by the finalists in late April to ensure that students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders are able to meet the finalists and provide input.

Read more at UH Hilo Stories.

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Message from Chancellor Straney: I am stepping down as chancellor of UH Hilo

Though I will be working for the UH System, please know that my commitment to and appreciation of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Island remain strong.

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

It has been my great honor to have served as chancellor for this campus for the past seven years. I am stepping down as chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo effective August 1, 2017, and will be taking a position at the University of Hawai‘i System as vice president of academic planning and policy, subject to Board of Regents approval. An open search for our next permanent chancellor will begin in fall 2017.

Marcia Sakai
Marcia Sakai

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marcia Sakai will be appointed interim chancellor of UH Hilo by UH President David Lassner, subject to Board of Regents approval. Dr. Sakai joined the UH Hilo faculty in 1991. She was the founding dean of the College of Business and Economics, leading the college through its initial AACSB accreditation which made UH Hilo’s CoBE just one of 579 institutions worldwide, at that time, with such accreditation. She brought her experience and ability to bear in serving as vice chancellor for administrative affairs since 2011. She is eminently qualified to lead our campus during this interim period, and I ask everyone to support her and to continue to do the great work that you are doing day in and day out.

After seven years at UH Hilo, please know that this was an extremely difficult decision. My time here in Hilo has been such a rewarding professional experience. UH Hilo is an amazing institution that provides invaluable service to our community, our island, our state and beyond. The campus welcomed me with open arms and I enjoyed remarkable warmth and acceptance from total strangers, who quickly became great friends. The aloha spirit is real and it is alive and well on our island.

Though I will be working for the UH System, please know that my commitment to and appreciation of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Island remain strong.

It was my privilege to serve in this special place, with so many dedicated and passionate faculty and staff. I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to our campus and community.

Mahalo nui loa for your years of support,

Don Straney

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Chancellor Straney visits universities in Japan

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney is in Japan this week.

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Seated in front of group from the Yokohama University of Pharmacy are Carolyn Ma, dean and associate professor at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy, and Don Straney, chancellor. Location: Totsuka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Courtesy photos, click to enlarge.

UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Carolyn Ma are in Japan this week. Among other activities, they visited Yokohama University of Pharmacy and Nihon University.

UH Hilo holds an exchange agreement with Yokohama University. The agreement allows UH Hilo students to train with an approved licensed pharmacist in Japan, and in turn, students in Japan can come to UH Hilo to earn their academic requirements.

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Touring lab.
Touring lab.

 

Touring simulation room.
Touring simulation room.

 

At Nihon University
At Nihon University, a private research university in Japan.
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