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Regent Michelle Tagorda

University of Hawaiʻi Regent Michelle Tagorda was honored by the Board of Regents for her seven years of service to the university with a proclamation of appreciation. Tagorda’s term ends June 30, 2021.

Tagorda has been the consummate student advocate for much of her student and professional life, serving as a member of the Campus Center Board as a student, and subsequently dedicating herself to inspiring students to pursue rewarding careers in public health and beyond in her role as an academic advisor. She announced that she will be pursuing a doctoral degree in the fall and looks forward to continuing her education with the university.

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Regent Michelle Tagorda

“Tagorda has been thoughtful, measured and joyful,” said UH President David Lassner. “She has listened to all sides and has brought people together in her quiet Hawaiʻi Island way. It’s really been a treat to serve with her and do what we can for all of the people of Hawaiʻi.

In 2014, Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Tagorda as the student member of the UH Board of Regents, and in 2016 she was appointed by Gov. David Ige to the Board of Regents, as one of several members representing Oʻahu.

During her tenure on the board, Tagorda served on various committees including academic and student affairs, for which she served as both chair and vice chair; budget and finance; intercollegiate athletics, where she served as vice chair; personnel affairs and board governance, for which she served as chair; planning and facilities, where she served as both chair and vice chair; and research and innovation.

“I want to extend my thanks to all of my peers and all of my colleagues on the Board of Regents,” said Tagorda. “I do feel like I have grown through this experience exponentially.”

A number of Regents extended their appreciation to Tagorda for her dedication to the university, and students in particular, and recognized her for her calm, thoughtful and contemplative demeanor.