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Kenneth Kato selected for 2009 Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University

University of Hawaiʻi
Kymber-Lee Char, (808) 956-9437
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jul 6, 2009

HONOLULU — Kenneth Kato, vice chancellor of administrative services at Honolulu Community College, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University. The award is named for the long-time UH administrator and secretary to the Board of Regents who, in his 40 year career, set a standard for exemplary service to the university.

Kato has over 33 years of service within the University of Hawaiʻi System and has been at Honolulu CC since 1986. He has inspired those around him through his continued commitment to Honolulu CC. Kato‘s diligent actions ensure the campus is well run, safe and meets the needs of students, staff and faculty. His colleagues concur that Kato "clearly stands out as one of the ʻbest of the best‘".

He always volunteers for campus activities and is regularly on campus from sunrise to sunset. Kato has a distinguished record of quality service and is known as someone who willingly goes beyond the call of duty. He takes the initiative to address problems before they occur and is the person to turn to whenever assistance is required to resolve difficult issues.

Honolulu CC Chancellor Michael Rota says that Kato "is a resourceful, dedicated, loyal and personable employee with extensive knowledge and experience in his field of expertise. He is a team player and respected by his peers and colleagues. He has proven to be a valuable asset to Honolulu Community College, to the UH System and to the community of Hawaiʻi as a whole."

Kato will be recognized for his achievements along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony in the fall at the UH Mānoa campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information on the awards ceremony, visit