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University of Hawaii Board of Regents re-elects Allan Landon as chair; Howard Karr elected vice chair

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Aug 22, 2008

KANEʻOHE, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi — At its monthly meeting held today at Windward Community College, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents re-elected Allan R. Landon to a one-year term as chair of the Board, and Howard H. Karr was elected as vice chair.

Chairman and chief executive officer of Bank of Hawaiʻi, Landon joined the Board of Regents in 2005. He occupies a Honolulu County seat on the board. He received his BS from Iowa State University and also attended executive programs at Duke and Northwestern Universities. An accountant by education, he was a partner with Ernst and Young LLP before a career change brought him to Bank of Hawaiʻi.

Landon serves as chairman of the board for Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi, Catholic Charities of Hawaiʻi, Public Schools of Hawaiʻi Foundation and Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable, and he is a member of the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi. He previously served as a director and treasurer of the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation and as a board member of the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.

A retired Hawaiʻi bank executive, Karr joined the Board of Regents in 2008 representing Honolulu County. He concluded his 29 years with First Hawaiian Bank as executive vice president and chief financial officer of BancWest Corp. and vice chairman of the Administration and Finance Group of First Hawaiian Bank.

He previously served as an accountant and audit manager with Coopers and Lybrand and spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve with the 100th Battalion 442nd Regiment Reserve.
Involved with numerous community, not-for-profit and professional organizations over the past two decades, Karr serves on boards or committees for Aloha United Way, the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association, Japan-America Society of Hawaiʻi, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Special Olympics of Hawaiʻi and Waialae Country Club. A member of the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation Board of Trustees, he has served three terms as chair and sits on the Centennial Campaign Cabinet with his wife Audrey.

Born in Honolulu, Karr graduated from Roosevelt High School and earned a BBA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a major in accounting and minor in economics. He is a UH Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and was inducted into Mānoa‘s Shidler College of Business Alumni Hall of Honor. Other honors include the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan and Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.