Tuesday, August 27, 2002

University of Hawaii

UH regents give Dobelle
high marks in 1st review

By Gregg K. Kakesako

A "new attitude" is prominent throughout the University of Hawaii system thanks to Evan Dobelle's leadership, says the Board of Regents in its first annual review of the president of the University of Hawaii system.

"President Dobelle's leadership during his first year was substantial," board chairman Bert Kobayashi said in a statement yesterday.

"Progress has been initiated, and a new attitude is prominent throughout the university system," Kobayashi said.

Dobelle arrived at the Manoa campus in July 2001 after serving for six years as president of Trinity College. The board completed its review but did not release all the details.

Kobayashi said Dobelle "has put forth many intriguing proposals for the betterment of the university community," adding there are "challenges ahead" for him, the board of regents and the University community to bring many of the proposed projects to fruition.

Cited as Dobelle's first year achievements:

>> A system-wide strategic plan.

>> Selection of Peter Englert as chancellor of the Manoa campus.

>> Selection of Herman Frazier as Manoa campus athletic director.

>> Securing money from the governor and Legislature to build new facilities for the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the Kakaako site.

>> Fast-tracking nearly $500 million in capital improvement projects throughout the university system.

>> Strengthening and nurturing the Hawaiian Studies program.

>> Initiating a partnership with the Department of Education and state preschools to create a smooth educational system for the state from preschool through college.

>> Advancing new partnerships throughout the state with a wide variety of business, legislative, governmental and community interests.

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