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Candidate Advisory Council
University of Hawaiʻi
2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

tel (808) 956-9083

About the Candidate Advisory Council

The Regents Candidate Advisory Council of the University of Hawaiʻi identifies candidates for the university system’s governing Board of Regents. The council presents pools of qualified candidates to the governor of Hawaiʻi from which candidates are nominated and, with the consent of the state senate, appointed by the governor.

The advisory council was created by Act 56, 2007 Hawaiʻi Legislature, in conformity with the amendment to Article X, Section 6 of the Hawaiʻi State Constitution ratified by the voters on Nov. 7, 2006. The council is tied to the University of Hawaiʻi for administrative purposes. In 2013, Act 72 was passed to further define the candidate advisory council.

Eight members, including one ex officio, comprise the advisory council. They establish the criteria for qualifying, screening and forwarding candidates for membership on the UH Board of Regents. The council advertises pending vacancies and solicits and accepts applications from potential candidates.


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Lance K. Wilhelm

Lance Wilhelm was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He grew up in Waikiki and graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1983. Lance attended the University of Hawaiʻi and graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in Communications. A 25-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi construction industry, Lance began his career here in Hawaiʻi with the Kiewit companies and later became its Senior Vice President for Hawaiʻi Operations.

In 2014, he joined Irongate as its Managing Principal overseeing the firm’s current and future development operations in Hawaiʻi. Then in 2017, Lance launched his own consulting firm, The Wilhelm Group, a multi-disciplinary consultancy and construction management company.

Lance currently serves as a trustee for Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, and Island Pacific Academy, and is also involved with several non-profit organizations, including the YMCA of Honolulu.

He currently serves on several industry boards and remains active in the construction and real estate development industries. Lance continues to serve as an employer-trustee on a number of construction industry Taft-Hartley funds.

Select a committee member to learn more about that individual.

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Brigitte Yoshino
Senate President Appointee
Term ends 6/30/25
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Lance Wilhelm
Term ends 12/5/22
Blair Odo
Blair Odo
Term ends 12/5/22
Amy Hennessey, headshot thumbnail
Amy Hennessey
Governor Appointee
Term ends 12/5/22
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Dale Nishikawa
Governor Appointee
Term ends 12/5/22
Amy Agbayani, headshot thumbnail
Amy Agbayani
House Speaker Appointee
Term ends 6/30/25
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Brandon Marc Higa
Emeritus Regents Assn. Appointee
Term ends 10/6/22

Emeritus Members