Clyde Sakamoto has been chancellor of UH Maui College (and before that, Maui Community College) since 1991. But he retires next month. Finding a successor has been a tough job for the university, but now they’ve apparently narrowed the list of candidates to five.
Though all the candidates have doctorates (which I guess is important if you want to run an entire university) and fundraising experience (college is many things, but it’s not cheap), none of them seem to have any experience at all in oil wrestling, international arms dealing or drug smuggling–skills that I think would easily prepare a person for running any major organization. Then again, I’m not on the selection committee. In any case, here are your 2014 UHMC Chancellor candidates:
Lui K. Hokoana has been the vice chancellor for student affairs at UH’s West Oahu campus since 2013. He also previously held the same job at Windward Community College. His doctorate in education comes from USC, though he’s got a master’s in communications from UH Manoa and a bachelor’s in poly sci from UH Hilo.
Ricardo Maestas is the special assistant to the chancellor of the Texas State University System. His doctorate comes from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also has a master’s in teaching and two bachelor’s (psychology and Spanish) from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Show-off.
Jonathon McKee is, like Hokoana, a UH Maui College guy. For the last four years he’s been the vice chancellor of academic affairs, and he also worked as the UHMC assistant dean of instruction. McKee’s doctorate of education in community college leadership comes from Oregon State. He also has a master’s in teaching and a bachelor’s in social science from Alaska Pacific University, which apparently had a two-for-one deal that year.
Michael B. Reiner comes from New York, where he works as executive vice chancellor and university provost at the City University of New York (CUNY). The Sept. 10 UHMC news release announcing all this says his doctorate is in child psychology and comes from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. He also has a bachelor’s in psychology from Haverford College, Pennsylvania.
Jeffery Thomas is currently the chair of social and behavioral sciences at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona, but he only got that job this year. Before that, he worked at Miami Dade College’s Homestead campus for about six years, and apparently has “worked extensively” with a variety of Native American tribes. He’s got a doctorate in history from Texas Tech, a master’s in US History from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in American Studies from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida.
Members of the public can meet all the candidates on Thursday, Sept. 18 in Kaʻaʻike 105 A&B at UH Maui College. Here’s the schedule (assuming you have the day to dedicate to this):
10-11am: Michael Reiner
11:15am-12:15pm: Ricardo Maestas
12:30-1:30pm: Jeffery Thomas
1:45-2:45 pm: Lui Hokoana
3-4pm: Jonathon McKee
The college will also broadcast the forums live via polycom to the following locations: Hana Education Center, Partition Room; Lahaina Education Center, Room 104; Lanai Education Center, Room 106; and Molokai Education Center, Room 103.
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