Chuck Y. Gee

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents awarded the Regents Medal of Distinction to former member Chuck Gee at its May 16 meeting.

Gee is the co-founder and longest serving dean of the UH Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management. He held that position from 1976 until his retirement in 1999.

His expertise in tourism has earned him recognition in many forms including being named to the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Gallery of Legends, honorary academic doctorates and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin naming him one of the 100 people who made a difference to Hawaiʻi in the 20th century. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the president of Taiwan in 2011 for his contributions to Taiwan’s tourism industry.

Gee served on the Board of Regents from 2009 to 2015. His contributions to the state and the university continue beyond his tenure. The C. Yim Gee Sustainable Tourism Research Fund was established in his name at UH Mānoa in 2018.

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