University of Hawaii Advisory Presidential Selection Committee to conduct series of "Listening Tours" at UH campuses

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Jan 20, 2009

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Advisory Presidential Selection Committee is in the process of conducting a series of "listening tours" scheduled this week at University of Hawaiʻi campuses statewide. The tours are intended to solicit input to help in the selection of a new president for the University of Hawaiʻi System to succeed current UH President David McClain, who will be leaving the position this coming summer.

Listening tours were previously conducted at UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College campuses and with the Student Caucus, Council of Chancellors, All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs, and Pukoa Council.

Donna Tanoue, head of the 12-member search committee, said, "The recent listening tours provided excellent and valuable feedback from faculty, students, administrators and community members. We are encouraging anyone who is interested in attending to join us and share their thoughts and opinions."

The public is welcome to attend the tours, which will be held in an informal talk-story format. Select members of the Selection Advisory Committee, together with representatives from the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates and/or the UH Board of Regents will be at the tour locations to solicit input on the characteristics, credentials, and opportunities and challenges for the new president.

The information will be used to assist the selection committee in identifying highly qualified candidates. Those who are unable to attend a meeting but would like to contribute comments can do so by sending an email to

This week‘s schedule of tours is as follows:

Wednesday January 21

9 a.m. — Kapiʻolani Community College (Tamarind Room, Ohelo Building)

2 p.m. — Leeward Community College/UH West Oʻahu (GT 105, Leeward Community College)

Thursday, January 22

9:30 a.m. — Maui Community College (Laulima 107)

2:30 p.m. — Kauaʻi Community College (Cafeteria)

Friday, January 23

9 a.m. — UH Mānoa (Hemenway Theater)

Noon — Windward Community College (Hale Akoakoa 105)

2:30 p.m. — Honolulu Community College (Norman W.H. Loui Conference Center, Bldg. 2, Room 201)

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