Gene Awakuni Appointed UH West Oahu Chancellor

UH Board of Regents also approves UH Manoa business dean

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Nov 19, 2004

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) today approved the appointment of Gene Awakuni as chancellor of the University of HawaiʻióWest Oʻahu. Awakuni, who is currently vice provost for student affairs at Stanford University, will assume the position March 1, 2005. The appointment is for three years.

"I am excited for our West Oʻahu campus ʻohana that we have this talented and experienced individual and a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi to serve as chancellor and lead the campus forward," said UH Interim President David McClain. "Gene Awakuni brings an extensive and diverse background to the position, which will be very important as we plan for the future of UH West Oʻahu."

Awakuni received doctorate and master‘s degrees in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University, and a master‘s degree in clinical social work and a bachelor‘s degree in political science from UH Mānoa. Awakuni‘s previous administrative experience includes positions at Columbia University as vice president for student services, and at Cal State Polytechnic, Pomona, as vice president for student affairs and vice president for advancement.

In other personnel action, the BOR also approved the appointment of V. Vance Roley as dean of the UH Mānoa College of Business. Roley‘s appointment is for three years, effective January 1, 2005.

Roley is the acting dean and the Hughes M. Blake Professor of Finance at the School of Business at the University of Washington. He is an accomplished scholar with a distinguished career in both the private and public sector, and worked to maintain and enhance joint MBA programs with business schools in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Prior to his appointment at the University of Washington, Roley held administrative and teaching positions at Harvard University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Council of Economic Advisors. He received a bachelor‘s degree in economics and statistics at UC Berkeley, and master‘s and doctoral degrees in economics at Harvard.

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