Sakai selected dean for College of Business and Economics

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Date: Thursday, July 21, 2005
Contact: Dr. Rose Tseng, (808) 974-7444

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai`i Board of Regents (BOR) has approved the appointment of Dr. Marcia Sakai as dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaii at Hilo , effective August 1, 2005. Sakai’s appointment was approved during the Board’s July meeting in Honolulu.

Sakai, who holds the rank of professor in tourism and economics, has been serving as interim dean since 2004, the year the College was established. She previously served as director of the College, director of the School of Business Administration and chair of the Division of Business and Economics at UH Hilo.

In her previous posts, she guided the Business program through a difficult and critical accreditation process that led to the College of Business and Economics receiving accreditation from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business-International.

“Dr. Sakai and the College of Business and Economics are practically synonymous,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng. “From its establishment through the accreditation process, Dr. Sakai has been at the forefront of our efforts and has demonstrated the outstanding leadership qualities that this position demands.”

In teaching and research, Sakai’s principal areas of interest include strategic planning for tourism, sustainable tourism development, destination marketing, economics of travel decision-making, and government finance. Sakai has conducted studies, published papers and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including Japanese international travel, business travel, tourism program evaluation, and direct foreign investment. She has been a contributor to three books on Hawai`i, The Price of Paradise, Politics and Public Policy in Hawai`i, and the Atlas of Hawai`i, and is currently involved in a book being authored on tourism public policy in Hawai`i.

Her government and private sector credentials include service as a commissioner for the 1995-1997 Hawai`i State Tax Review Commission, policy analyst for the State Department of Taxation, economist for the State Public Utilities Commission and consultant to the Office of State Planning and private corporations.

“Marcia was at the helm when the Division of Business and Economics became a College,” said Dr. Steve Hora, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. “In turn she led the College to AACSB International accreditation. What's next? Maybe an MBA degree. She's a proven leader and can get the job done.”

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