Finalists for Dean's position at UH Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology on campus for meetings and presentations

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Joanne Clark, (808) 956-6133
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
Posted: Mar 13, 2006

Two finalists for the Dean‘s position in the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) will be on campus later this month for meetings, interviews and public presentations.

Search advisory committee chair Rolf-Peter Kudritzki noted that, "We have been pleased to find excellent candidates for the dean‘s position among our pool of applicants and we look forward to the opportunity to introduce them to the campus community."

Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Gary Ostrander added, "Programs at SOEST receive the largest numbers of extramural grants at Manoa and so it is important that we enlist world-class leadership to continue the excellent research and scholarship being conducted there."

The finalists coming this month are:

David Farmer, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. Dr. Farmer received a Master of Science degree at McGill University and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Brian Taylor, Acting Associate Dean, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Dr. Taylor was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

UH Manoa Chancellor Denise Konan expressed her gratitude to the dean search advisory committee, adding, "I encourage the campus community to turn out for the public meetings that have been scheduled with these candidates. It will be important to hear feedback as the search process proceeds to a conclusion."

Additional biographical information about the candidates and about the search process will be posted at

Each of the candidates will be on the Manoa campus later this month, and each has been scheduled for a public presentation on the following dates:

·David Farmer, Monday, March 20, 10:30-12:00 noon, POST 723

·Brian Taylor, Wednesday, March 22, 10:30-12:00 noon, POST 723

They have been invited to speak on a topic of their own choosing, but to include a vision for SOEST.

Interested members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

Members of the search advisory committee are:
· Chair, Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, Director, Institute for Astronomy
· Vice Chair, David Karl, Professor, Oceanography
· Janet Becker, Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics
· Kathy Cutshaw, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Operations
· Melody Studer, Student, Geology and Geophysics, and ASUH representative
· Sarah Fagents, Assistant Professor, Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
· Gary Jensen, Director, Office of Naval Research
· Suzi Johnston, Program Assistant, East-West Center Seminar Program
· Stephen Masutani, Associate Researcher, Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute
· Eric Mittelstaedt, Doctoral candidate (Geophysics) and GSO representative
· Paul Nachtigall, Director, Marine Mammal Research, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
· Jeff Polovina, Director, Pacific Islands Fisheries Center
· Lorna Ramiscal, Educational Specialist and Staff Representative, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu
· Jane Schoonmaker, Associate Geophysicist, Oceanography
· Clyde Tamaru, Extension Specialist, Sea Grant
· Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society and Trustee, Kamehameha Schools
· Bin Wang, Professor, Meteorology, International Institute of Geophysics

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