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University of Hawaii announces inaugural cohort for President's Emerging Leaders Program

University of Hawaiʻi
Joanne Taira, (808) 956-4367
Academic Planning and Policy
Posted: Sep 11, 2007

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi announced the first cohort of faculty and staff selected to be the inaugural participants in the President‘s Emerging Leaders Program. The pilot program is an initiative of UH President David McClain to develop future campus and system leaders. Approximately 125 applicants were reviewed for 30 program openings.

"We are pleased with the tremendous response from members of the university community who applied to participate in our inaugural program," said UH President David McClain. "It shows that there are many individuals who have great passion for the university and a commitment to achieving the university‘s strategic mission and goals."

The program will allow highly motivated faculty and staff within the university to establish a broad base of knowledge about higher education and develop their potential as leaders. Participants will benefit from the opportunity to participate in a number of hands-on exercises to develop leadership skills and apply those skills in a problem-solving based learning environment with guidance from current university leadership.

"Sound succession planning will improve our university‘s performance, and we want to have a program which develops our local talent," said McClain. "By doing this, we hope to create the best environment for our students, and an institutional culture that supports and honors diversity and inclusion."

The program will include sessions that feature topics to address matters within the university such as finances and budgeting, personnel and supervision, and shared governance. Other topics will deal with external affairs such as the legislative process; collective bargaining issues; accrediting bodies; federal funding and regulatory oversight; and social, political, economic and demographic trends. There will also be sessions on leadership effectiveness, organization change and career paths.

The inaugural class includes the following individuals:

  • Harriet Y. Abe, UH Mānoa
  • Elena Alexander, Maui CC
  • Blake M. Araki, UH Mānoa
  • Kainoa Ariola, UH Hilo
  • Krystyna S. Aune, UH Mānoa
  • Ruth O. Bingham, UH Mānoa
  • Brenda Cartwright, UH Mānoa
  • Diane Caulfield, Honolulu CC
  • David N. Chin, UH Mānoa
  • Malia Davidson, Maui CC
  • Kenoalani Dela Cruz, Hawaiʻi CC
  • Brian Furuto, Honolulu CC
  • Jonathan Goss, UH Mānoa
  • Kelli Goya, Kapiʻolani CC
  • Mary F. Heller, UH West Oʻahu
  • Debra Ann C. Ishii, UH Mānoa
  • Richard T. Kasuya, UH Mānoa
  • Cara A. Kawano, UH System
  • Erika Lacro, Honolulu CC
  • Adrienne S. Lee, UH Mānoa
  • Barbara J.B. Leonard, UH Hilo
  • Kealalokahi Losch, Kapiʻolani CC
  • Laura E. Lyons, UH Mānoa
  • Jason E. Maddock, UH Mānoa
  • Patricia McGrath, Kauaʻi CC
  • Aulii-Ann Ross, Leeward CC
  • Barbara Ross, Kapiʻolani CC
  • Linda Saiki, Leeward CC
  • Wendy H.T. Sora, UH Mānoa
  • Karyn Yoshioka, UH System
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