Interim Chancellor Confirmed

Kapiʻolani Community College
Louise Yamamoto, (808) 734-9513
Director, College Relations, Office for College and Community Relations
Posted: Jun 3, 2016

HONOLULU – With the retirement of Leon Richards earlier this year, the University of Hawai`i’s Board of Regents approved the appointment of Louise Pagotto, PhD, as Interim Chancellor of Kapi`olani Community College.

Louise Pagotto attended Marianopolis College and graduated with a BA in English conferred by l’Université de Montréal (Canada) in May 1971. Soon after, she began teaching high school in Papua New Guinea, an experience that introduced a love for the Pacific. She returned to Canada in 1976 and completed her MA in Linguistics at McGill University, focusing her research on the syntax of Ojibwa, an aboriginal language in Western Québec.

Pagotto journeyed to the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa as an international student in 1980 and never left the Islands. Her doctorate in Linguistics was awarded in December 1987, with a dissertation on the verb morphology of Marshallese, a Micronesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands. One month later, she was teaching English to non-native speakers at Leeward Community College.

Louise Pagotto’s work at Kapi`olani Community College began in August 1989 and has seen several incarnations over the years:  classroom teacher of English composition and linguistics, assistant dean for vocational and distance education, department chair of Language Arts, and assistant dean again, this time for Arts and Sciences and the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology. She served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for 16 years until her current appointment as Interim Chancellor.

Pagotto will serve as Interim Chancellor until a national search for a Chancellor is completed.