Office of the Chancellor

Advisors to the Chancellor

Council of Vice Chancellors heading

The Council of Vice Chancellors is comprised of senior-level executives who report directly to the Chancellor. Charged with providing coordinated and effective leadership to the university, this group works with the chancellor to maximize UH Hilo’s resources and energies to move the university forward.

Faculty Congress heading

The UH Hilo Faculty Congress speaks for the faculty on academic matters of concern to more than one unit.

Executive Council heading

The Chancellor’s Executive Council is a broad based group of campus leaders: Vice Chancellors, Deans, Associate Deans, Division Chairs, Directors of major units, and the Faculty Congress Chair. The group meets monthly to share information about their units and provide input to the Chancellor on major issues affecting the university.

Long Range Budget Planning Committee heading

Membership in the Long Range Budget Planning Committee includes the Vice Chancellors for Administrative, Academic and Student Affairs as well as representatives from their units, the Faculty Congress, the Chancellor’s Office, University Relations and the Student Association. The committee provides broad input to the Chancellor and Chancellor’s staff regarding budget criteria, strategies for obtaining additional university budget resources, long range strategic planning for budget, and suggestions for methods of budget communication.

Student Success Leadership Team heading

Composed of decision-makers and key representatives from Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Relations, the Student Success Leadership Team is charged with improving UH Hilo’s enrollment planning and management. Discussions and actions focus on enhancing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students. The overall goal is to do so in a purposeful, coordinated manner that aligns initiatives and outcomes with UH Hilo’s mission and campus strategic plan, as well as with the UH System’s strategic goals and performance measures.

Hanakahi Council heading

The Hanakahi Council is a campus-based caucus group of faculty and staff who are Native Hawaiian or associated with campus programs, colleges, or departments in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian language, or Hawaiian education or targeted to serve Native Hawaiian students. The council advises the Chancellor on Hawaiian issues.

UH Hilo Community Advisory Board heading

The primary purpose of the UH Hilo Community Advisory Board is to help support the mission and forward the vision of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Island community. The role of the board is similar to that of a corporate board of directors in terms of advocacy and providing guidance on strategic matters that will advance the educational, research, and outreach programs of the university.

Basic Needs Committee heading

The Basic Needs Committee participated in the UH Student Basic Needs Master Planning process and developed the UH Hilo Student Basic Needs Plan that was integrated into the UH System Master Plan. The Committee provided recommendations and strategies for addressing Student Basic Needs.

Sustainability Committee heading

The Sustainability Committee is helping UH Hilo to "integrate sustainability across its Operations, Education, Research, Campus & Community Engagement and Cultural Connections". The committee provides broad input on ways to save on energy costs and have more sustainable practices on campus.

Committee for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion heading

The Committee for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides recommendations and strategies for improving the campus climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The committee works toward the UH Hilo vision to create a campus environment that cultivates, sustains, and reflects a diverse, multicultural university that is rooted in the indigenous culture and history of Hawaiʻi.

Professional Development Committee heading

The Professional Development Committee assesses faculty and staff professional development interests and needs; plans and implements activities for the current academic year in support of faculty and staff development; makes recommendation for activities in subsequent years; develops guidelines for the distribution of funds allocated for faculty and staff professional development; allocates funds for proposed faculty and staff development activities; and reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of faculty and staff development activities.

Committee on Access heading

The Committee on Access provides advice, consultation and recommendations to the chancellor and his senior leadership team regarding campus planning related to compliance with federal accessibility standards, including the prioritizing of accessibility improvements of facilities to meet those requirements; serves as a venue for facilitating campus-wide discussion of policies, procedures, programs, facilities, and other matters that assure the full inclusion of people with disabilities into our diverse campus community; serves to review matters related to disability access and shall make recommendation to the chancellor and his senior leadership team on its findings; and shall liaison with Hawaiʻi Community College on accessibility matters as appropriate.

Maunakea Advisory Committee heading

The Maunakea Advisory Committee advises the chancellor on campus-specific matters and initiatives specifically related to Maunakea that complement the roles of the UH Board of Regents and UH System, the Office of Maunakea Management, the Maunakea Management Board, ʻlmiloa Astronomy Education Center, and other entities whose mission and/or specific responsibilities include the stewardship of Maunakea's cultural, natural, educational and scientific resources.

Maunakea Management Board heading

The Maunakea Management Board is appointed by the UH Board of Regents to guide the operations of the UH Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS) and to advise the chancellor. The mission of CMS is to “Achieve harmony, balance and trust in the sustainable management and stewardship of the Maunakea Science Reserve through community involvement and programs that protect, preserve and enhance the natural, cultural and recreational resources of Maunakea while providing a world-class center dedicated to education, research and astronomy.”

Kahu Ku Mauna Council heading

The nine-member Kahu Ku Mauna Council advises the Maunakea Management Board, the Office of Maunakea Management, and the chancellor on Hawaiian cultural matters affecting the Maunakea Science Reserve.

Kīpaepae Tri-Campus Executive Committee heading

The Kīpaepae Executive Committee is housed at the Office of the Chancellor at Hawaiʻi Community College, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and Maui College. Kīpaepae was conceived and is still supported by Hawaiʻi Community College's I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles.