Chancellor

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UH Hilo) seeks a strong and experienced academic leader to serve as Chancellor. The next Chancellor will ensure UH Hilo's continued excellence as an indigenous serving institution and in teaching and scholarship to best serve students and the State.

UH Hilo was founded in 1947 and has carried its name since 1970. UH Hilo is a public liberal arts and science university within the ten-campus University of Hawai‘i System, and offers a rigorous and engaging curriculum with opportunities for research and hands-on learning based on the unique environment of Hawai‘i Island. With an enrollment fluctuating between 3,000 and 4,000 students, UH Hilo offers approximately 50 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees and over 25 certificates in various fields of study, some of them unique in the State of Hawai‘i. UH Hilo is home to the only school of pharmacy in the state and a unique doctoral program in indigenous language and culture revitalization. UH Hilo is ranked nationally in the top 10 for student diversity among four-year public institutions. UH Hilo plays a role in islandwide and statewide economic development, civic engagement and community outreach, and its location provides a natural living laboratory for geology, astronomy, agriculture and marine sciences. Like the UH System, UH Hilo is an indigenous serving institution and is committed to teaching and scholarship in order to best serve students and the state. UH Hilo is a land-grant institution with many of these attributes, and therefore can be a leader fostering innovative solutions and approaches to solving current challenges and problems.

The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the institution and reports to the University of Hawai‘i President. As an Officer of the UH System, the Chancellor is a member of the President's senior executive team and of the Council of Chancellors. The Chancellor develops campus initiatives along with faculty, staff and students, and represents and promotes campus interests to the rest of the UH System and to all its stakeholders on the island and beyond.

The Chancellor provides both administrative and academic leadership to the campus, and is responsible for all aspects of its operation. As the administrative leader, the Chancellor is expected to promote a system of shared governance that is based on the values of collegiality, transparency and excellence. As the academic leader, the Chancellor is expected to foster a vibrant academic climate and support outstanding scholarship and innovation, cultivating an environment in which effective and creative teaching, research and outreach can flourish.

UH Hilo enjoys a wealth of land assets. The UH Hilo Research and Technology Park represents a future opportunity where land development and science innovation can complement each other. A current high priority for land development is the creation of a commercial mixed-use district to stimulate engaging campus life while generating at least a moderate revenue flow. Developing UH Hilo’s land assets should additionally advance the college town identity of Hilo. This initiative is an integral part of the UH Hilo vision for a University Village that will add to campus attractiveness and be a magnet to attract, recruit and retain students.

UH Hilo is a campus with both challenges and immense opportunities. The Chancellor must inspire the campus and community and possess the management ability to assemble and lead a campus team that is able to work in concert to facilitate engagement of all stakeholders to advance the vision and achieve the potential of the campus. For more information about the position and search, please visit: https://www.hawaii.edu/executivesearch/uhh-chancellor/ and http://www.wittkieffer.com.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by Tuesday, September 11. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo's consultants Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Suzanne Teer and Sophie Stava at UHHiloChancellor@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone via Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.

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