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UH Board of Regents rank McClain job performance as "Outstanding"

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jul 11, 2008

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents has completed its annual evaluation of UH President David McClain for the academic year ending June 30, 2008, giving him a mark of "Outstanding."

"The evaluation process considered numerous factors and opinions of all the Regents, and the process focused on the overall progress made by the university during the recently concluded fiscal year," said UH Board of Regents Chairperson Allan R. Landon. "Dr. McClain‘s job performance was evaluated as ʻOutstanding,‘ which is the highest category in the university‘s performance evaluation system."

Among his accomplishments highlighted by the Regents were maintaining accreditation of all campuses, placing exceptional leaders in important positions on all campuses, establishing a leadership development program, updating and enhancing the university‘s strategic plan, improving campuses, managing the financial resources and costs of the university, fostering a culture of accomplishment, and strengthening programs focused on underserved groups and underrepresented populations, particularly Native Hawaiians.

The Regents were impressed by his leadership and quick response to some notable and publicized challenges faced by the university during the year, including deferred facilities maintenance and leadership of UH Mānoa athletics. The Regents recognized that these issues had to be addressed as campus matters, consistent with established campus and academic governance standards.

Regarding deferred facilities maintenance, they noted that a plan has been developed, resources identified and priorities are being addressed. On UH Mānoa athletics they also noted that new leadership was selected quickly and they were impressed with the way McClain provided leadership as the university responded to and learned from these situations.

The Regents noted his demonstrated leadership traits of evenhandedness, constituent rapport, and community engagement as key aspects to his success in steering the university throughout the year.

"The University of Hawaiʻi has made important progress on many fronts under his leadership, and we appreciate his unwavering commitment to strengthen the university," said Landon. "We also want to recognize the special role that Mrs. McClain has established. The two of them are a fine team and we look forward to working together in the year ahead."