Thursday, January 6, 2000

Kamehameha picks its first CEO

Hamilton McCubbin, a
1959 Kamehameha grad, headed a
University of Wisconsin school

Estate buys Kauai parcel

By Rick Daysog


Kamehameha Schools is expected to pick a career educator as the first chief executive officer in its 115-year history.

Interim trustees plan to select Hamilton McCubbin, former dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology, to head the daily operations of the $6 billion trust, sources close to the estate said.

The interim board scheduled a meeting this afternoon at the Kamehameha Schools campus with teachers, administrators and community leaders to announce the appointment of a new CEO.

A Kamehameha Schools spokesman had no immediate comment. McCubbin, a 1959 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, also could not be reached for response.

McCubbin, a nationally respected academician, had been a finalist for the Kamehameha Schools president post in 1988, but the board hired Michael Chun.

In 1992 he was named vice president for academic affairs for the University of Hawaii, the second highest-ranking post in the UH system. But he later turned down the job, saying the university reneged on a promise to grant automatic tenure to his wife, who is a nursing professor.

McCubbin, who received his doctorate in social welfare and behavioral disabilities, was dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology between 1985 and 1999. As dean, McCubbin headed a department with an annual budget $6 million and a staff of about 50, according to current dean Robin Douthitt.

For the 1998-1999 year, he earned about $134,000.

The Kamehameha Schools is expected to pay its new CEO between $300,000 and $500,000.

McCubbin's appointment comes as Kamehameha Schools is under intense pressure to hire a new CEO. Under an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service and the state probate court, the trust agreed to implement a single-voice management system, replacing the former system in which the five trustees managed the day-to-day duties of the estate.

The IRS previously threatened to revoke the estate's tax-exempt status, saying the former board members took excessive compensation and neglected the estate's core educational mission. The former board members -- Henry Peters, Oswald Stender, Lokelani Lindsey, Richard "Dickie" Wong and Gerard Jervis -- have stepped down and have been replaced by the current interim board.

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