Leeward Community College chancellor leaves for post at UH Manoa

Leeward Community College
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Susan Lee, (808) 956-5852
UH Community Colleges
Posted: Feb 16, 2007

HONOLULU — Leeward Community College Chancellor Peter Quigley announced today that he has accepted a position with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as assistant vice chancellor for academic personnel and will begin his new job as soon as an interim chancellor for the Leeward campus has been appointed.

Quigley has been with Leeward Community College since 2004, first serving as dean of instruction, then vice chancellor and chief academic officer, and later rising to chancellor in May 2006. He came to Hawaiʻi from Minnesota State University where he was dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

In making his decision, Quigley noted that he felt it was time for a change after reevaluating his future. He sees this move as an opportunity to serve the greater population of Hawaiʻi and to support the university in a different capacity.

"I feel gratified knowing that I leave Leeward CC in a very solid position," he said.

He is most proud of the fact that Leeward CC received glowing reviews by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) when they visited in October 2006, resulting in a very positive reaffirmation of Leeward CC‘s accreditation status.

"Although much has been accomplished, there is still a lot of unfinished business at hand," he said. "But the direction has been set and there is a clear road map in place. I am hopeful that the new administration will continue the positive momentum that has been established by Leeward Community College."

He added, "I‘m grateful for the support from the Leeward faculty, staff and administration, as well as members from the community, whom have made my time at Leeward one of the most rewarding experiences in my life."

Interim Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton said that Chancellor Quigley has been an excellent leader for the community colleges, especially during these transitional times.

"Under his leadership, Leeward CC increased its outreach to meet the needs of the underserved population, implemented new degree programs such as the teacher assistant associate degree program, reaffirmed its full accreditation status, and forged new partnerships with other colleges and baccalaureate programs, thus providing more opportunities for our students," Morton said. "We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role on the Mānoa campus."

The university expects to name an interim chancellor shortly.