Kristen Roney to join UH Hilo as new vice chancellor for academic affairs

Kristen Roney is currently associate vice president for academic programs and founding dean of University College and Graduate Studies at California State University—Monterey Bay, a position she has held since 2014.

Kristen Roney
Kristen Roney

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin today announced the selection of Kristen Roney as the new permanent vice chancellor for academic affairs. The appointment, effective Aug. 17, 2020, was confirmed at the July 16 meeting of the UH Board of Regents.

“I am excited to have Dr. Roney join the UH Hilo ‘ohana,” says Irwin. “She brings many years of valuable experience to the position, especially in the areas of student success, enrollment management, and program development. She is a leader dedicated to students first and foremost and a collaborative and empathic professional.”

Roney is currently associate vice president for academic programs and founding dean of University College and Graduate Studies at California State University—Monterey Bay, a position she has held since 2014. In 2016, she founded University College in partnership with and in support of faculty and staff within the then-Office of Undergraduate Studies. She also led the creation of graduate and credential student-focused policies and procedures in academic and cross-divisional teams. At CSU—Monterey Bay she led academic departments and student success centers serving students from matriculation through graduation.

Prior to CSU, she served in other administrative and faculty positions at the University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College) from 2003 – 2014, where she partnered across a multi-campus environment of 16,000 students for core curriculum and learning support planning, assessment, faculty development, and strategic space use and allocations. She also provided leadership and vision for interdisciplinary and academic success units, including retention and progression assessments and responsibilities.

Roney is the author of numerous student and faculty success grants, a participant in several Association of American Colleges and Universities planning groups, and the recipient of various awards and medals, including the 2019 CSU—Monterey Bay President’s Medal for Administrators.

The incoming vice chancellor received her bachelor of arts in English from Norfolk State University, and her master of arts and doctor of philosophy in comparative literature from University of Georgia.

Roney will succeed Ken Hon, who has served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs since 2017.

 

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