Windward Community College seeks visionary leader

University of Hawaiʻi
Sarah Sur, (808) 235-7435
Chancellor Search Coordinator, Windward Community College
Deborah Nakagawa, (808) 956-0321
Executive Assistant, Vice President for Community Colleges
Posted: Jul 20, 2018

The search for Windward Community College’s new chancellor has begun. The job was announced locally and nationally on July 20, 2018, and the expected start date is in January 2019.  Windward CC’s current chancellor, Douglas Dykstra, will retire in December 2018. He has served as chancellor since 2009.

In making the search announcement, University of Hawaiʻi Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton said Windward CC is seeking a visionary leader who can guide the college to address challenges and opportunities.  

“The next chancellor must embody Windward CC’s mission, vision and values of ka lama kū o ka na‘auao (creating meaningful curricula and diverse learning experiences), ‘a‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (working collaboratively and inclusively), he pūnāwai kahe wale ke aloha (serving and supporting with aloha), kūlia i ka nu‘u (striving for excellence), and he ali‘i ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka (caring for Hawaiʻi and the planet),” Morton said.

Search timeline

  • The Chancellor Search Advisory Committee plans to begin screening applicants and nominees in August 2018.

  • In addition to in-person interviews by the finalists planned in November 2018, on-campus visits will be scheduled to ensure that students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders are able to attend open forums. Campus visits are a key component of the search process.

  • Morton plans to submit his recommended candidate for appointment to UH President David Lassner in November 2018.

  • Expected start date of the new chancellor is in January 2019.

Chancellor Search Advisory Committee

The 18-member Windward Chancellor Search Advisory Committee includes representation from Windward CC’s constituency groups: faculty, students, Ke Kumu Pali Native Hawaiian Council, civil service and administrative professional and technical staff, administrative and community leaders.  

Chair Kevin Takayama, Faculty

Vice Chair Kacie Nishioka, Career and Community Education Ka‘ahu Alo, Ke Kumu Pali


John Barluado, Student

Lisamarie Bensman, Faculty

Patricia Chong, Faculty

David Fry, Academic Support

Bernadette-Rose Garrett, Student

Colette Higgins, Administrator

Dayna Isa, APT

Ryan Koo, Faculty

Herb Lee, Community

Floyd McCoy, Faculty

Justin Pagan, Student Affairs

Jamie Simao, Operations and Maintenance

Kahea Tani, Civil Service

Bernadette Tyrell, Community

Jenny Webster, Faculty

Sarah Sur, Search Coordinator

For more information on the Windward CC chancellor position, see the search website.