UH College of Education Dean accepts Portland State post

University of Hawaiʻi
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
Posted: Apr 19, 2006

Randy Hitz, Dean of the UH Mānoa College of Education, has announced that he has accepted an appointment as Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University in Oregon.

In his letter to colleagues, the dean cited family considerations as a factor in deciding to move to the mainland. It is expected that Dean Hitz will remain at Mānoa until after the current semester.

"Dean Hitz has done a remarkable job to elevate the College of Education to prominence among the country‘s teacher education programs," said Mānoa Chancellor Denise Konan, "and his leadership will be missed. The college has been ranked regularly in the US News and World Report listings as among the nation‘s top 100 such schools," she added, "and the Dean has positioned the school for future growth and excellence in the years ahead."

"Under Randy Hitz‘s leadership, UH Mānoa‘s College of Education received national professional accreditation for the first time," noted UH President David McClain. "He‘s worked tirelessly to support the P-20 effort, helping to reinvent and support Hawaiʻi‘s public schools and more firmly establish early childhood education in our state. Both the University and the State have benefited greatly from his expertise and wisdom."

Dean Hitz's letter to colleagues follows:

COE Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni Association Board members, and Advisory Committee members

I am writing to announce that I have accepted the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. The exact date for my departure from Hawaii has not yet been set, but it will likely be in July.

My decision is based on family concerns. Both of my children moved to Seattle recently and started businesses there. The businesses are going well so, my children are likely to stay in Seattle which is within easy driving distance from Portland. This move will make it possible for Lynn and me to be better connected with family in the Northwest as well as with our parents and family members in other parts of the country. I love Hawaii, and the Dean position in the COE is a great one. However, Lynn and I simply could not pass up the opportunity to live nearer to our family.

I believe the COE is in good shape and is ready for the NCATE accreditation visit next year. We are nationally ranked. Enrollments, graduation rates, and grant receipts are all steady or increasing. Our faculty and staff FTE are back up where they should be, up nearly 20% since1998, the low point.

It has been my privilege to work in Hawaii and particularly at the University of Hawaii. The College of Education is a wonderful college with some of the most competent, dedicated, and nicest people anywhere. Throughout my eight years in Hawaii I have been constantly impressed by the creativity and hard work they apply to improving education in Hawaii and throughout the world. The citizens of Hawaii should be proud of their college.

The support of the UH administration, policy makers, our advisory committee members, and our Alumni Association is extraordinary. I could not have asked for better support for the COE or for myself. The advances of the college in the last few years are in large part due to the support of these groups.

Thanks to all of you for allowing me to represent you over the last eight years. It has been a pleasure and a privilege which I will cherish all my life. It is truly with mixed emotions that I make this announcement. You have greatly enriched my life and I hope that I have contributed in some positive way to yours.