Finalists for student appointment to UH Board of Regents named

University of Hawaiʻi
Brigitte Yoshino, (808) 692-1218
Chair, Candidate Advisory Council
Keala Monaco, (808) 692-1218
Staff, Candidate Advisory Council
Posted: Jan 11, 2018

HONOLULU–The Candidate Advisory Council (CAC) for the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents has presented a list of candidates to Governor David Ige to fill one Student seat for a 2-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to confirmation by the Hawaiʻi State Senate.

The finalists for this seat are:

  1. Kelli K. K. Acopan
  2. Ian F. Tapu
  3. Brian P. Wild

Finalist biographies are available at

CAC began accepting applications to fill this vacancy in early fall by contacting and encouraging student groups to nominate candidates. The council also placed print advertisements and issued news releases encouraging applications.

All applications were thoroughly and comprehensively reviewed and screened by all CAC members.

The Candidate Advisory Committee is statutorily responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, accepting and screening applications, interviewing candidates and submitting to the governor the names of nominees willing to serve as regents of the University of Hawaiʻi System, which is a voluntary non-compensated public appointment.

Candidate lists are compiled after a comprehensive review and selection process, which is solely and exclusively merit-based and according to procedures set forth in state statutes and the council’s administrative rules. 

“The Candidate Advisory Council members sincerely thank all the students who applied for this seat on the Board of Regents. We had a number of highly qualified applicants, and we are truly inspired by their desire to serve the University and the State of Hawaiʻi,” said Chair Brigitte Yoshino.

The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Hawaiʻi and consists of fifteen (15) members. Representation includes seven (7) from the City and County of Honolulu; two (2) from Hawaiʻi County; two (2) from Maui County; one (1) from Kauaʻi County; two (2) At Large; and one (1) University of Hawaiʻi student.

Members of the CAC serve voluntarily and are not paid.