Marcia Sakai was appointed interim chancellor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 2017. She previously served as the UH Hilo vice chancellor for administrative affairs from 2011.
Sakai has been a UH Hilo faculty member in business administration and economics since 1991 and is a professor of tourism and economics. She was appointed dean of UH Hilo’s College of Business and Economics in 2005. During her tenure in administrative affairs, she made great progress toward improving campus-wide efficiency in several areas, notably technology infrastructure and sustainability measures with special focus on energy conservation.