Ryan Mielke joins UH West Oʻahu as executive director of public affairs

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 454-4821
Public Relations and Marketing Department
Posted: Aug 14, 2008

University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu (UHWO) recently welcomed a new member to its senior management team, Executive Director of Public Affairs Ryan Mielke.

Mielke directs public affairs activities related to staff and programs at UH West Oʻahu and serves as the primary liaison for the chancellor on all strategic communication issues. In addition, he is responsible for legislative activities involving the university and provides assistance to the chancellor in managing internal and external programs that affect the long-term objectives for the institution including management of UHWO‘s new office in Kapolei.

"The University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu is one of the most dynamic venues in Hawaiʻi for anyone wanting to glimpse the future of higher education programs, sustainable building practices and educational opportunities for families and students throughout Hawaiʻi and around the globe," said Mielke. "Our planned campus will bring new opportunities to students, families and Hawaiʻi businesses for generations to come."

An experienced professional, he brings more than 15 years of management and public affairs experience to the university and was previously the deputy asset manager at Actus Lend Lease, LLC and Hickam Community Housing as well as vice president at StarrPR, the public relations arm of the former Starr Seigle Communications.Prior to joining StarrPR, Mielke also served as the programs and information director at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). A Hawaiʻi resident of more than 20 years, Mielke resides in central Oʻahu with his family.

About UH West Oʻahu

Last Fall, UH West Oʻahu became a four-year, comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. A new campus in the City of Kapolei is scheduled to serve students in fall 2010. For more information about UH West Oʻahu, visit uhwo.hawaii.edu or call 454-4700 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.

For more information, visit: http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu