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Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University

Wilson Award Winner

Donna Haytko-Paoa, headshot

Donna Haytko-Paoa

Donna Haytko-Paoa, professor and coordinator of the Moloka‘i Education Center, has been a dedicated employee of Maui Community College for 24 years.

Thanks to Haytko-Paoa’s tireless efforts, University of Hawai‘i services, resources and programs are more accessible to the too often underserved citizens of Moloka‘i. “She has served our residents relentlessly as she transformed the face of the community college on the island, managing the center with incredible energy, enthusiasm, motivation and determination,” noted a colleague.

Haytko-Paoa was instrumental in acquiring a permanent site for the Moloka‘i Education Center. After many hundreds of hours working with the community and overcoming many obstacles, her vision finally came to fruition in 1999. It is now used for myriad educational based activities for professional development, state and county training sessions, health care evaluations, testing, summer workshops and other educational efforts.

The Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University recognizes exemplary service to the university by a UH employee. It was established by the Board of Regents in 1969 to honor the long-time UH employee and secretary to the board.

2017 Willard Wilson Award information and form (PDF)

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