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New Appointments

Posted on | January 29, 2010 | Comments Off on New Appointments

Keith Amemiya was appointed interim executive administrator and secretary of the Board of Regents, Greg Grandin was appointed Mānoa Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in Arts and Science, and Professor Constantinos S. Papacostas was appointed chair of Mānoa’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Amemiya has served as executive director of the Hawaiʻi High School Athletic Association since 1998. An attorney by background, Amemiya is a Mānoa alumnus, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. He is also extensively involved in the community, serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including The Learning Coalition and Honolulu Firefighters Foundation. Read more.

Grandin will be working with the departments of History and American Studies. He is a professor of history at New York University, and prominent and prolific historian of Latin America, U.S. foreign relations, and U.S. politics. He was selected as the History News Network Top Young Historian in 2006 and earned a Charles Ryskamp Fellowship and a Bryce Wood Award. Read more.

While at Mānoa, Papacostas is credited with the development and implementation of the first statewide traffic accident reporting system in Hawaiʻi and the development one of the earliest internet-served traffic camera systems and traffic flow simulation software. He serves as director of the Hawaiʻi Local Technical Assistance Program. He is currently president of the Engineers and Architects of Hawaiʻi and has served as Hawaiʻi chapter president for both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Read more.