Castille new vice chancellor for academic affairs at UH Hilo

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Date: Friday, July 6, 2007
Contact: Dr. Rose Y. Tseng, (808) 974-7444; Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Rose Y. Tseng, chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, today announced that Dr. Philip Castille has been named vice chancellor for academic affairs at UH Hilo, effective August 1, 2007.

Since 2000, Castille has been founding dean of the College of Arts & Letters and a tenured professor of English at Eastern Washington University, co-located in Cheney and Spokane. He previously has been a tenured faculty member at Louisiana Tech University, where he was head of the English Department, and at the University of Houston – Downtown, where he was assistant chair of the Division of Arts & Humanities as well as an award-winning classroom instructor and a leader in faculty governance.

Castille is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans and holds doctoral and master’s degrees in English from there and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his tenure-track teaching career at the University of Memphis as a specialist in American Literature and has a wide array of publications and presentations in this field.

Since 1995, he has been a member of the St. George Tucker Society, admission to which is by invitation only. Based at Emory University, it includes the leading scholars in the field of Southern Studies.

“We are fortunate to welcome aboard an academician and administrator of Dr. Castille’s caliber,” said Tseng. “His proven track record of excellence and innovation served to improve both educational opportunities and town-gown relations at Eastern Washington.”

Castille’s initiatives at EWU include the establishment of an Advanced Languages in the High Schools Program, an English Composition in the High Schools Program, an upgrade of the Honors Program, inauguration of a Centers of Excellence Academy, the construction of a Digital Fine Arts Laboratory, and increased external and donor funding.

"I am truly delighted to be coming to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo as the new vice chancellor for academic affairs,” Castille said. “In my previous visits I was deeply impressed by how much rich diversity and opportunity are already present on the Hilo campus. Chancellor Rose Tseng has spoken passionately about UH Hilo's transformation from a liberal arts undergraduate institution to a modern comprehensive university. In this process I will join her leadership team in guiding UH Hilo toward a more visible role in global higher education as well as a more engaged relationship with the greater Hilo area.

“I am looking forward to sharing and listening, contributing and taking part, and doing my best to give voice to students, faculty and staff alike,” he added. "My goals are to share UH Hilo's unique resources with the global community as well as meet the academic challenges and take advantage of the cultural opportunities of a 21st century metropolitan campus."

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