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Noelle E. Cockett, John Killefer, Parwinder S. Grewal
Left to right: Noelle E. Cockett, John Killefer, Parwinder S. Grewal

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has identified three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and director for research and cooperative extension. The finalists are each scheduled for in-person visits over a three-day period that includes meetings with faculty, staff, students, senior administrators and constituents, and a public presentation.

Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend the public presentations. Information on time, room location and zoom link will be posted here no later than the start of the first visit.

The campus visits for the three candidates have been scheduled as follows:

  • Noelle E. Cockett, visiting October 25–27, 2023
    Professor of animal, dairy and veterinary science
    College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    (Former Utah State University president)
    Utah State University
    Public presentation: Thursday, October 26, 3–4:15 p.m. (presentation location and zoom link)
  • John Killefer, visiting November 6–8, 2023
    Professor of animal science (former South Dakota corn endowed dean)
    College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
    South Dakota State University
    Public presentation: Tuesday, November 7, 3–4:15 p.m. (presentation location and zoom link)
  • Parwinder S. Grewal, visiting November 15–17, 2023
    Former presidentVermont State University
    (Former executive vice president for research, graduate studies and new program development, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
    Public presentation: Thursday, November 16, 3–4:15 p.m. (presentation location and zoom link)

“The search advisory committee did an excellent job in identifying finalists with both disciplinary knowledge and impressive leadership experience. I want to express my appreciation to them for their time, hard work and commitment to the search process. We look forward to meeting the candidates as we work towards identifying the next dean of a college integral to solutions to current and future challenges in food systems, food security, natural resources management, community resiliency and human well-being across the Pacific-Asia region,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “As always, we encourage UH faculty, staff, students and the public to come out and meet the candidates, and we look forward to receiving their feedback.”

Following the visits and review of the feedback from the search advisory committee and others, Bruno will make a recommendation on this appointment to UH President David Lassner.

For more information about the search process, including a list of the members of the search advisory committee, candidate biographies and curriculum vitae, and daily schedules, see the search website. Feedback on the candidates from UH and community members are valued; a feedback link will be posted on October 24 and close on November 23, 2023.

CTAHR was established in 1907 and is the founding college of UH Mānoa. The college’s academic programs include tropical agriculture, food science, human nutrition, textiles and clothing and human resources. There were 1,047 undergraduate and 226 graduate students enrolled at CTAHR in spring 2023.

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