Three candidates for the position of Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) will visit the UH Mānoa campus from Feb. 17 to March 11, 2010, for meetings and individual public presentations. In addition to their Wednesday-Thursday visits to the Mānoa campus, candidates will be touring CTAHR facilities on the Big Island (County of Hawai‘i) on respective Fridays.
The candidates and the dates they will visit UH Mānoa are:
Manjit K. Misra from Iowa State University, visiting February 17-18. Misra is the Dean’s Chair of Distinction at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Director of the Seed Science Center, Director of the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products, and Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State.
Rolando A. Flores from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, visiting February 24-25. Flores is Professor and Department Head of Food Science and Technology, and Director of the Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Michael E. Vayda from the University of Vermont, visiting March 10-11. Vayda is the Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Associate Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station, and Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont.
A public presentation by each candidate will be held at 4:15 p.m. on the first day (Wednesday) of each person’s visit in Spalding Hall Room 155. Each candidate will speak on the topic, “Opportunities for CTAHR in Meeting Hawai‘i’s Needs in the 21st Century,” followed by a question-and-answer period. Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.
“CTAHR continues to be a viable leader in agriculture and human resources, locally and globally, by steadfastly being committed to providing an excellent education for our students, supporting the diversification of our economy, protecting our environment, and strengthening our families and communities,” said Reed Dasenbrock, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH Mānoa. “The search committee did an excellent job in identifying these finalists for the dean’s position. I hope that the University community will take advantage of the opportunities to hear what these candidates have to offer. Input and comments from the campus and community is an important part of the process, as we make a recommendation to the Board of Regents later this spring.”
Andrew “Andy” Hashimoto, who has served as dean of CTAHR since 2000, announced that he would step down from his administrative position and return to the faculty on or before June 30.