Chancellor selects Carla Ho‘ā as UH Hilo’s next vice chancellor for administrative affairs; BOR approval is pending

Ms. Ho‘ā’s appointment begins January 9, 2023, pending UH Board of Regents notification at a November 2022 meeting.

Carla Ho‘a pictured
Carla Ho‘ā

This message was sent by University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin via email to the university ‘ohana on Oct. 27, 2022.

Aloha kākou:

Bonnie Irwin pictured
Bonnie D. Irwin

I am writing to share that I have selected Ms. Carla Ho‘ā as our new permanent vice chancellor for administrative affairs. Ms. Ho‘ā’s appointment begins January 9, 2023, pending UH Board of Regents notification at a November 2022 meeting.

Ms. Ho‘ā joins us from the University of Colorado Boulder where she served in various positions since 2013, most recently as vice chancellor and chief financial officer. Other positions at CU Boulder include associate vice chancellor and deputy chief financial officer, assistant vice chancellor for budget and fiscal planning, assistant vice chancellor for administration auxiliaries, and director of administrative projects.

Prior to CU Boulder, she was associate dean for finance and administration at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing (2007-2013), deputy budget director at Colorado Community College System (2006-2007), and senior budget analyst at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, Budget Office (2005-2006).

Some of her notable accomplishments during her tenure at CU Boulder include: leadership of a new incentive-based campus budget model to align resources with campus priorities; development of a financial plan to address COVID-related enrollment declines without disrupting the academic and research missions of the university; development of tuition and aid strategies to attract and retain students, especially financially disadvantaged and underrepresented students; development of a long range financial model to provide a roadmap that includes enrollment projections, capital planning, cash flow projections, endowments and investments, and financial indicators to assess fiscal health and resilience; and development of a $25 million plan for financially sustainable, impactful, and transparent investments to support campus priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She received her bachelor of science in finance and master of business administration from the University of Colorado—Denver.

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Kalei Rapoza

I also write to express my gratitude and appreciation to Kalei Rapoza for serving as our interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs since fall 2017. He has done an admirable job, and I cannot thank him enough for his contributions to the leadership team, especially throughout the pandemic.

Lastly, a big mahalo to members of the search committee, who worked tirelessly to get us to where we are today.

Mahalo nui,

Bonnie D. Irwin

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