Roney joins UH Hilo as new vice chancellor for academic affairs

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Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin today announced the selection of Kristen Roney as the University’s new permanent vice chancellor for academic affairs following the July 16 virtual meeting of the UH Board of Regents. Roney’s appointment is effective August 17, 2020.

Roney is currently Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Founding Dean, University College & 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, and 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 high-impact practice academic departments and student success centers serving students from matriculation through graduation.

Prior to CSU - Monterey Bay, 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- focused 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 & Universities planning groups, and the recipient of various awards and medals, including the 2019 CSU – Monterey Bay President’s Medal for Administrators.

“I am excited to have Dr. Roney join the UH Hilo 'ohana,” Irwin said. “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 received her B.A. in English from Norfolk State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from University of Georgia.

Roney succeeds Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ken Hon, who has been in the position since 2017.

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