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Kīpaepae held for former Chancellor Don Straney and Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai

The ceremonies were to honor UH Vice President Don Straney and UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai in their new positions.

Don Straney and Marcia Sakai
Don Straney and Marcia Sakai at Kīpaepae.

Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (Releasing Ceremony) and Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (Appointment Ceremony) were held today for former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and new UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai. Straney was recently reassigned to a new position as the UH System vice president for academic planning and policy. The ceremonies were to honor Vice President Straney and Interim Chancellor Sakai in their new positions.

See more photos at UH Hilo Stories.

Kīpaepae ceremony to be held for former Chancellor Don Straney and Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai

The following message is sent on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Kīpaepae Committee and the Ha‘akūmalae Protocols Program:

Aloha mai kākou,

Don Straney
Don Straney

We warmly invite you to participate in a Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (Releasing Ceremony) and Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (Appointment Ceremony) on Thursday, September 14, 2017, for former UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and new UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai.

Dr. Straney was recently appointed as the UH System Vice President of Academic Planning and Policy.

Please join us as we provide an opportunity to honor both Dr. Straney and Dr. Sakai in their new positions.

The details of this kīpaepae are as follows:

Marcia Sakai
Marcia Sakai
  • What: Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u & Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho.
  • Where: UCB 127 (Ho‘oulu Terrace), UH Hilo campus (campus map).
  • Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017.
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. (8:45 a.m. Orientation).

Kihei and lei are highly encouraged but not required.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

The UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Kīpaepae Committee and Ha‘akūmalae Protocols Program

Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai’s first monthly column: A time of change at UH Hilo

My role at this point in time is to be a steward of the process, and I embrace the responsibility—the kuleana—to create stability for our university community while we move forward together.

By Marcia Sakai.

I’m writing this column as I prepare to become interim chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Aug. 1. For those of you who don’t know me, I joined the UH Hilo faculty in 1991 in the field of economics becoming tenured and promoted to the top professor ranks over the years. I was the founding dean of UH Hilo’s College of Business and Economics in 2005, and have been vice chancellor for administrative affairs since 2011.

I begin my new work as interim chancellor during a time of much change at the university. Not only is there change in the Office of the Chancellor with former Chancellor Don Straney being reassigned to his new UH System leadership role as vice president of academic planning and policy, but there are also changes in other leadership positions at UH Hilo.

Professor of Geology Ken Hon is new interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, and we will soon have an interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs when I take leave from my current position. Professor of History Michael Bitter is now interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics Tam Vu is interim dean of the College of Business and Economics.

And there is even more change underway.

The university is developing a new Enrollment Management Plan that takes an integrated, strategic and holistic approach to student success.

We have a goal of returning our enrollment to 2010 levels by the year 2020 and are redeploying resources into a number of initiatives, such as strengthening and developing new student and residence life programming and creating pathways for transfer students from Hawai‘i.
This is part of a UH system-wide initiative to focus on our core education function and grow enrollment, even while the general national trend is for continued higher education enrollment decline. Each of the 10 campuses are developing their own enrollment management plans with specific goals.

And we are reorganizing the College of Arts and Sciences—our largest of five colleges—into two new college units. This will remove an administrative layer between the dean and the faculty to facilitate communication and active faculty engagement in retention activities. This year we will undertake process modifications for the two new colleges to make them fully functional. The overall goal is to foster student success and better use of resources.

This is a lot of change for any university community, but we have good people doing amazing things at UH Hilo (think teaching, research, community outreach). From this strong base, we can regain balance and shift our focus to getting our work done.

My role at this point in time is to be a steward of the process, and I embrace the responsibility—the kuleana—to create stability for our university community while we move forward together. Change creates opportunities and it creates challenges. My goal is to help our students, faculty, staff and other administrators see the opportunities and know they can continue to be productive and successful in their work.

UH Hilo is my home. And what I’ve grown to value most are people—our students, our university ‘ohana, and our greatest supporters, the people of our island. It is an honor and privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility to serve as UH Hilo’s steward and leader. I look forward to working with both the university community and our island community to create a more responsive and more accessible university for the people of our island and state.

Aloha,

Marcia Sakai

Marcia Sakai named vice chancellor for administrative affairs

Marcia Sakai

Chancellor Straney officially announced yesterday that the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will have a permanent vice chancellor for administrative affairs starting June 1. Marcia Sakai, former dean of UH Hilo’s College of Business and Economics, who has been serving as interim vice chancellor for the past year, has been named to the position.

MEDIA RELEASE–University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney announced that Marcia Sakai has been named vice chancellor for administrative affairs. Sakai will assume her permanent duties on June 1, 2012.

Since June 2011, Sakai has served as interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs.

“Dr. Sakai has demonstrated the outstanding leadership qualities that this position demands and has made progress toward improving campus-wide efficiency in several areas under the administrative affairs unit,” Straney said.

Sakai has been a UH Hilo faculty in business administration and economics since 1991 and holds the rank of professor in tourism and economics. She served as interim dean of UH Hilo’s College of Business and Economics when the college was established in 2004 and was appointed dean in 2005. She led the college through its initial accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International.

Since her arrival at administrative affairs, technology improvements and upgrades through the Office of Technology and Distance Learning (now called the Office of Campus Technology) have resulted in 85% of wireless coverage across the campus. Several classrooms on campus were upgraded to multimedia smart classrooms and upgrades and installation of additional wireless access points.

“Dr. Sakai is a leader in the campus’s effort to encourage energy conservation and expenditure savings by reducing energy use through the establishment of an energy management plan,” Straney said.

For the winter break period of December 17, 2011 through January 2, 2012, the reduced use of energy resulted in an estimated savings of $68,493. The management plan includes installing and monitoring sub-meters for all buildings and partnering with Hawaiʻi Community College and community entities to pursue energy-savings initiatives.

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