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Chancellor forms advisory council; first meeting held

Chancellor’s Leadership and Development Council will assist the chancellor on campus strategy and resource development.

Chancellor Straney gives his remarks at the first meeting of the Chancellor’s Leadership and Development Council held Thursday.
The Chancellor’s newly formed Leadership and Development Council is made up of community and business leaders.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney’s newly formed advisory council met for the first time yesterday.

“I am putting together a UH Hilo Chancellor’s Leadership and Development Council to assist me on campus strategy and resource development,” says the chancellor.

The council, made up of over 30 community and business leaders, will meet twice a year. They are charged to become informed advocates for the campus; support the educational and outreach mission of UH Hilo; enhance the lines of communication between the campus and various external constituencies; and provide advice and counsel. Participation in the council will be for a two-year period.

The first meeting of the council was held on Nov. 1 at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. The chancellor gave a presentation covering a general overview of the campus.  PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc., and Design Partners, Inc. gave a presentation on UH Hilo’s Long Range Development Plan. The council also looked at the requirements needed for Hilo to become a true “university town.”

“The input that the council and other community leaders can provide will be critical to our future,” says Chancellor Straney.

Attendees included:

  • Jimmy Arakaki, Dodo Mortuary Life Plan
  • Dorothy Kuʻulei Badua, Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center-Honokaʻa
  • Debbie Baker, Current Events-Kona
  • Roberta Chu, Bank of Hawaiʻi
  • Romel Dela Cruz, Retired Public Administrator
  • Chuck Erskine, First Hawaiian Bank
  • David Fuertes, Ka Hana Noʻeau Partners in Development Foundation
  • Mike Fujimoto, HPM
  • Clyde Hayashi, Hawaiʻi Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust
  • Amy Hennessey, Ulupono
  • Robert Iopa, WCIT Architecture
  • Noelani Kalipi, Ti Leaf Group, Inc.
  • Herring Kalua, State Department of Transportation
  • Maurice Kaya, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research
  • Darren Kimura, Sopogy (on phone conference)
  • Kelcy Koga, Waiākea High School
  • Barry Mark, Ameriprise Financial
  • Darlene Martin, Kamehameha Schools Keauhou-Kahaluʻu Education Group
  • Marvin Min, Gas CO-Hilo
  • Hugh Ono, SSFM International, Inc.
  • Kathy Romero, Keonepoko Elementary School
  • Gladys Sonomura, Retired Sonomura Contracting/Community Volunteer
  • Barry Taniguchi, KTA Super Stores
  • Guy Toyama, H2 Technologies
  • Julie Tulang, Retired Non-Profit/Public Administrator
  • Steve Ueda, Suisan
  • Lehua Veincent, Kamehameha Schools-Hawaiʻi Campus
  • Bill Walter, W.H. Shipman, Ltd.
  • Linda West, Clark Realty
  • Ike Yoshina, Retired Public Administrator

View Chancellor Straney’s presentation: Resource Development and Campus Strategy (PDF)

Photos courtesy of the Office of Development.

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Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Inaugural Lecture

Chancellor Straney represented UH Hilo at a brief ceremony preceding the inaugural lecture for the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center held in Honolulu last Friday. Other participants were (l-r) John Peterson, assistant vice-president, University of Guam; Chancellor Straney; Kevin Hamilton, director, International Pacific Research Center, UH Mānoa; Loyal Mehrhoff, field supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Deanna Spooner, coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative; Cynthia Kolar, interim director, Pacific Islands Climate Science Center; and Vasillis Syrmos, associate vice-chancellor, UH Mānoa.

Chancellor Straney represented the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo at a brief ceremony preceding the inaugural lecture for the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC) held at the UH Mānoa campus on Oct. 26.  PICSC is one of eight regional climate science centers recently initiated by the U.S. Department of Interior as joint projects hosted by university partners. The PICSC university consortium is led by UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and the University of Guam.

The focus of work supported by the new center is on the effects of climate change on the ecology of the Pacific islands and implications for land and wildlife managers. Total funding to UH researchers provided through the new center is expected to be about $2 million per year. Chancellor Straney is the principal investigator for the UH Hilo portion of the project.

The inaugural lecture by Loyal Mehrhoff, field supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Deanna Spooner, coordinator of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, was titled Navigating Change: Climate Science and Collaboration in the Pacific. It was the first in a series of lectures about stakeholder-driven science related to Pacific climate and ecology.

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