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Friday, October 20, 2000




Chun says he’ll
keep campus job

The decision means he
won't be chief education
officer for the whole
Kamehameha Schools system



By Rick Daysog
Star-Bulletin

Kamehameha School president Michael Chun today said that he will remain as the head of the trust's main campus on Kapalama Heights.

Chun told staffers and students this morning that he will serve as the headmaster of the main campus, effectively turning down the newly created position of chief education officer for the entire Kamehameha Schools system.

Chun, a 1961 graduate of Kamehameha who has served as school president since 1988, will retain his title as president.

Trust spokesman Kekoa Paulsen said that Chun will continue to oversee all educational activities at the Kamehameha Schools campus. He said the trust will begin a search for a chief education officer immediately.

Under a court-ordered reorganization, the schools' Kapalama, Maui and Big Island campuses will be led by headmasters who will answer to the chief education officer. Chun currently oversees the main campus as well as the entire system.

Chun gained the support of students and alumni during an attempt by former Bishop Estate trustee Lokelani Lindsey to strip him of his power as president nearly three years ago. This led to an uprising on campus and the eventual removal of the five trustees of what then was known as the Bishop Estate.

The estate's interim board of trustees and Chief Executive Officer Hamilton McCubbin said they supported Chun's decision.

“Quality leaders like Dr. Chun are very special,” McCubbin said. “They lead through dedication, commitment and passion and people respond very positively to that.”



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