UH community encouraged to attend open forums with presidential candidate Dr. Robert J. Jones, May 11-13

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-9803
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: May 8, 2009

HONOLULU — University of Hawaiʻi Advisory Presidential Selection Committee Chair Donna Tanoue sent out the following letter via email today to the UH community:

University of Hawaiʻi Students, Faculty, Staff and the Community --

The second candidate for president of the University of Hawaiʻi System will be visiting UH campuses, May 11-13. I encourage you to attend the open forums as they provide the opportunity to listen, learn more about the candidate and ask questions.

Dr. Robert J. Jones will visit the campuses and meet with various constituent groups beginning Monday, May 11. Dr. Jones has held a variety of administrative positions at the University of Minnesota over the past 18 years, and is currently senior vice president for system academic administration for the University of Minnesota System. As the system‘s senior academic and administrative officer, he oversees more than $500 million in sponsored and non-sponsored funding across five campuses and 25 academic and administrative units.

He has earned high praise from his colleagues. Dr. Robert Bruininks, president of the University of Minnesota, said, "It is a great honor for the University of Minnesota to have key members of our executive team wooed by our peers. Dr. Jones has more than 15 years of leadership experience and serves as the senior academic administrator for the University of Minnesota system. I regard him as one of the most professional and creative leaders in higher education, so I was not surprised to learn he is a finalist at the University of Hawaiʻi.

"In my view, the search committee would be hard pressed to find a more qualified candidate to lead the University of Hawaiʻi System," added Bruininks.

See Dr. Jones‘ biography and curriculum vitae for more on his accomplishments and academic credentials.

Open forums with Dr. Jones are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, May 11, 4:30 p.m. — Architecture Auditorium, UH Mānoa (Oʻahu)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. — Campus Center Cafeteria, Kauaʻi CC (Kauaʻi)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2:30 p.m. — Pilina Multipurpose Room, Maui CC (Maui)
  • Wednesday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. — Hale Kehau Dining Room, UH Hilo (Island of Hawaiʻi)

Many thanks for your interest.

Donna Tanoue
Chair, UH Advisory Presidential Selection Committee

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/president