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New Appointments

Posted on | February 25, 2011 | Comments Off on New Appointments

Waters and Nakata headshots

Lynne Waters, left, and Unyong Nakata

Lynne Waters appointed associate vice president for external affairs and Unyong Nakata promoted to director of development for Shidler College of Business.

Lynne Waters

Lynne Waters, a communications professional with more than 30 years experience as a consultant, journalist, television host and producer and writer, has been appointed associate vice president for external affairs and university relations for the UH System. She leaves her position as executive assistant for communications and community affairs for Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro to accept the university appointment.

In her new position, Waters will be responsible for strategic communications planning, community relations, creative services and marketing and brand management as they relate to advancing the university’s mission, goals and major initiatives. This includes serving as media spokesperson, enhancing communications with internal and external stakeholders, and collaborating with the UH Foundation and other university constituencies on messaging and communications.

“The University of Hawaiʻi is one of, if not the, most important public institutions in our state and critical to the economic future of the islands,” says Waters. “It is an honor and a privilege to accept this appointment, and I look forward to serving the students, faculty and staff in any way possible. I’d like to thank President M.R.C. Greenwood and her leadership team for their belief in me and for this wonderful opportunity.”

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Unyong Nakata

Unyong Nakata has been promoted to director of development for Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business. Nakata oversees all aspects of the development effort which includes annual giving, scholarships, major gifts, planned giving, events and stewardship. Nakata started at the UH Foundation in 2006 in the Estate and Planned Giving Office and was later promoted to serve as the associate director of development for the Shidler College in 2008.

A two-time alumna, Nakata obtained her BS in microbiology and a MBA from Mānoa. She is a past board member of the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association and a current member of the Heritage Society at the UH Foundation which recognizes donors that have included the university in their estate plans.

Read the news release.