Chancellor, University of Hawaii—West Oahu
Rockne Freitas become chancellor of the University of Hawaii–West Oahu on May 1, 2013.
Freitas previously served as vice president for student affairs and university/community relations for the University of Hawaii System, a position he held from July 2010 through April 2013. He provided leadership in systemwide student affairs policies and procedures and student life activities, as well as university and government relations and communication efforts.
Freitas also worked on key special projects systemwide, including the completion of the community college in Palamanui and assisting with the progress of the new West Oahu campus.
Freitas also served as chancellor of Hawaii Community College for six years, where he was the chief executive of the main campus in Hilo and its University of Hawai‘i Center in West Hawaii.
He previously served as vice president and executive director of the Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and has held leadership positions at Kamehameha Schools and GRG Enterprises. Freitas also held posts as vice president for university relations for the UH system and associate athletic director for UH Manoa.
A former National Football League player and coach, Freitas was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame and the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Freitas holds a PhD and MEd in education from UH Manoa and BS in animal science from Oregon State University. His doctoral research focused on developmental systems and guidelines for drug prevention, education, monitoring and counseling for intercollegiate athletics.