UH Maui College chancellor candidates, from left, Lui K. Hokoana, Ricardo Maestas, Jonathon McKee, Michael B. Reiner and Jeffery Thomas


The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Chancellor Search Advisory Committee has identified five finalists for the position of chancellor and has invited them to participate in a final round of interviews.

The public can meet the candidates on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at open forums at UH Maui College, Kaʻaʻike 105A and 105B.

Presentation Schedule

  • 10–11 a.m.—Michael Reiner
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—Ricardo Maestas
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m.—Jeffery Thomas
  • 1:45–2:45 p.m.—Lui Hokoana
  • 3–4 p.m.—Jonathon McKee

The open forums will also be broadcast via polycom to the following sites

  • Hāna Education Center, Partition Room
  • Lahaina Education Center, Room 104
  • Lānaʻi Education Center, Room 106
  • Molokaʻi Education Center, Room 103


Lui K. Hokoana
Lui K. Hokoana currently serves as the vice chancellor for student affairs at UH West Oʻahu.

Hokoana has secured more than $20 million in county, state, federal and private funds to support various UH systemwide initiatives that have contributed to unprecedented enrollment growth, financial aid access, service to underrepresented groups and overall student success.

He earned a doctorate of education degree from the University of Southern California. He received a master’s degree in communications from the UH Mānoa and bachelor's degree in political science from the UH Hilo.

Ricardo Maestas
Ricardo Maestas is currently the special assistant to the chancellor of the Texas State University System.

Maestas has an extensive record of accomplishment in fundraising, including grant, contract and private resource development, and has a number of publications and research presentations to his credit.

He has a doctorate degree from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Maestas received a master’s degree in teaching and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish (double major) from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Jonathon McKee
Jonathon McKee is currently the vice chancellor of academic affairs at UH Maui College.

His accomplishments at UH Maui College include leading the college successfully through re-accreditation and supporting the establishment of a systemwide associate of arts degree program in Hawaiian studies.

McKee holds a doctorate of education in community college leadership from Oregon State University. He received his master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in social science from Alaska Pacific University.

Michael B. Reiner
Michael B. Reiner currently serves as university fellow in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Reiner is an innovative leader in higher education with experience in strategic planning, budgeting, outcomes assessment, accreditation, liberal arts education, workforce development, psychology and cognitive science, design of learning spaces and learning commons, international education, prior learning assessment and promoting educational opportunities for veterans.

Reiner holds a doctorate in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

Jeffery Thomas
Jeffery Thomas is currently the chair of social and behavioral sciences at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Ariz.

Thomas worked to ensure that the campus programming met community needs. He worked extensively with Hopi, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache tribes to develop culturally appropriate programming, including a heritage preservation program.

Thomas holds a doctorate in history from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. He earned a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Texas at Austin and bachelor’s degree in American studies from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida.

Press release has more details on candidates.