Hawaiian school gets first dean

March 8th, 2009  |  by  |  Published in Campus News

Maenette Ah Nee-Benham

Maenette Kapeʻahiokalani Padeken Ah Nee-Benham (PhD ’92 Mānoa), formerly professor of educational administration at Michigan State University, is the inaugural dean for the new Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Benham is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and earned her doctorate in educational administration at UH Mānoa.

She has written extensively on social justice and indigenous issues as they relate to education, worked with culture-based and immersion pre-K–12 schools, and participated in the American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities and World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium.

Hawaiʻinuiākea is the largest school of indigenous studies in the nation.

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