About acting UH President David McClain
Vice President for Academic Affairs David McClain was named acting University of Hawaiʻi president in June. He joined UH Mānoa in 1991 as the Henry A. Walker Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business Enterprise and served as dean of the College of Business and First Hawaiian Bank Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Management. He previously served as senior staff economist on President Jimmy Carter’s Council of Economic Advisors and head of global economic information services for a private sector firm.
In a mediated resolution to a dispute with the Board of Regents, Evan Dobelle resigned as UH president effective Aug. 14 and assumed a two-year, non-tenured faculty position. The parties resolved their dispute with no finding of fault on either side, according to the joint statement issued with mediator Warren Price.
"While there is sure to be public and media speculation and comment about this resolution," the statement continued, "it is time to place the university and community first and to look to the future."
Strive for the highest
"Aloha! I am honored to serve the University of Hawaiʻi and to work with our Board of Regents and our dedicated faculty and staff to provide our students with the educational experiences that transform their lives and Hawaiʻi’s society.
"UH is on the threshold of its 100th anniversary, and we have begun plans for an extraordinary celebration. As we approach this landmark event, our goal is simple—to increase the value of your degree.
"We will do so by pushing back the frontiers of knowledge while serving our community. Our motto in this extraordinary endeavor comes from Queen Kapiʻolani: kūlia i ka nuʻu, strive for the highest."
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