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Approved by the Manoa Faculty Senate on October 19, 2011
3 votes against approval


Recommendation to Change Chancellor Position Description

(See below for edited chancellor position description; changes are underlined)

UHM Chancellor Position Description
August 7, 2006

Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa


The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship institution of the ten-campus University of Hawaii System. A land-sea- and space-grant institution with about 20,000 students, UH Manoa is an extensive doctoral research university (Carnegie RU/VH) with several professional schools, including law and medicine. The University’s Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the institution and is responsible for all aspects of its operation. The Chancellor reports to the University of Hawaii President and is a member of the President’s senior executive team and of the Council of Chancellors.

The Chancellor provides both administrative and academic leadership to the campus. As administrative leader, the Chancellor is expected to promote a system of shared governance that is based on the values of collegiality, transparency, and excellence. As the academic leader, the Chancellor is expected to foster a vibrant academic climate and support outstanding scholarship, cultivating an environment in which effective, creative teaching, research and application can flourish.

The University has a special responsibility to Hawaiians - the indigenous people of Hawaii. The University is committed to developing Manoa as a Hawaiian place of learning. In this context, the Chancellor works to empower Native Hawaiians in higher education.

As the only large university campus in the state, the University of Hawaii at Manoa plays a central economic, civic, and community role. The University is embedded in an Island society that is also internationally connected, with special ties to the Pacific and to Asia.

In 2007, the University celebrates its centennial and inaugurates its second hundred years. The Chancellor will lead the University into its new century.

Serves as chief executive officer of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Provides executive leadership in academic affairs, research, graduate education, professional training, student affairs, athletics, administration, finance and budget, human resources, facilities management, and capital improvements.

Promulgates and implements policies and procedures for the University of Hawaii at Manoa in consultation with the faculty.

Makes recommendations to the President regarding System-level policies and procedures.

Implements and enforces Board of Regents policies and procedures as they apply to Manoa.

Provides executive leadership in the development and implementation of long-range plans, in order to improve the quality of teaching, research, and application.

Provides executive leadership and direction to administrators, faculty, and staff by establishing goals and objectives, and ensuring that day-to-day operations and activities are executed efficiently and in conformity with governing policies and procedures.

Works with governance bodies and advisory groups, including the Manoa Faculty Senate, which has primary responsibility for fundamental academic areas, representative student and staff groups, the Athletics Advisory Board, with Native Hawaiians (the Kualiʻi Council), and other constituencies, to ensure effective and transparent systems of shared governance.

Provides executive leadership to raising funds and obtaining resources for UH Manoa to enhance the ability of the institution to provide financial support for students and to provide resources for innovative and creative enterprises, endowments, and academic programs and services.

Works with the President and with the other chancellors to coordinate the plans and operations of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with those of the System and the other institutions in the System. Keeps the President, and through the President, the Board of Regents, fully informed concerning the operations and needs to the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Develops and oversees agreements, partnerships, and exchanges between the University of Hawaii at Manoa and other educational institutions, nationally and internationally.

Represents the University of Hawaii at Manoa to the Hawaii legislature and other State and Federal governmental bodies. Works with governmental agencies to advance Manoa’s programs.

Serves as the chief public voice, interpreter, and advocate for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, to internal and external constituencies.

Represents, promotes, and advances the University of Hawaii at Manoa by participating in state, national, and international organizations, and in civic and charitable organizations, serving as the official representative of UH Manoa as appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution;

Attained the academic rank of full professor or have demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment;

Distinguished record of scholarly achievement;

Demonstrated experience in high-level academic administration;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, legislators, state and federal officials, and the general public;

Ability to communicate effectively with internal and eternal constituencies;

Ability to understand and work effectively in Hawaii's multi-cultural society;

Experience working effectively with faculty governance bodies and faculty advisory groups.


Desirable Qualifications

Administrative experience at a university with extensive research and graduate programs;

Administrative experience at a university in a multi-level university system, planning, developing and articulating programs in a multi-institution state system that includes interfaces with other components of public education;

Demonstrated record of success with large-scale funded research programs, projects, or institutes;

Demonstrated record of success in empowering indigenous people in higher education;

Experience working effectively with students, governing boards, legislative bodies, government officials, and community and business leaders;

Demonstrated record of success with international education, especially with the Pacific and with Asia;

Experience working in a multicultural society, such as Hawaii.

Experience and demonstrated record of success in raising funds.