Everyone remembers Carleton Ching, right? Former lobbyist for Castle & Cooke? Was Governor David Ige’s first choice to be chairperson of the Department of Land & Natural Resources, right up to (and even a little past) the moment when it became clear no one in the state with even the slightest interest in the environment wanted him in that job? Well, he’s been appointed to a new government post–Director of Land Development for the University of Hawaii.
“Carleton’s extensive experience in real estate development, coupled with his proven leadership, makes him the ideal executive to help further the University’s strategic direction and focus on being a high performance organization,” said UH President David Lassner in a Nov. 13 UH press release. “Carleton will be instrumental in leveraging the University’s land assets to support our core mission of providing quality, affordable higher education to the people of Hawaiʻi.”
In case you’re wondering (like I was), UH has not previously had a “Director of Land Development.” UH spokesperson Daniel Meisenzahl confirmed to me that Ching will be the first. As far as what the job actually does, here’s the description from the Nov. 13 UH press release on Ching: “As Director of Land Development, Ching will be responsible for maximizing return on UH’s land assets and he will be charged with systemwide planning, development and oversight of the University’s developed and undeveloped properties.”
The job is also a bit more lucrative than the DLNR Chairperson job Ching had previously been up for. That job pays about $133,000 a year, while the new UH Director of Land Development position will pay a little more than $143,000 a year, according to the UH Board of Regents, which will discuss the appointment at its Nov. 19 meeting.