Saturday, August 23, 2003

McCubbin a finalist
for UH position

The ex-Kamehameha CEO
is one of four hopefuls for
a Manoa vice chancellorship

Hamilton McCubbin, who resigned under fire as chief executive officer of the Kamehameha Schools, is a finalist for the post of vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

The university said yesterday that it has narrowed its search to replace interim Vice Chancellor Karl Kim to four candidates from a field of 70 applicants and nominees.

Kim's salary as interim vice chancellor is $148,944.

Of the four candidates, only McCubbin has local ties. The others are:

>> Liahna Armstrong, dean of Central Washington University's College of Arts and Humanities and a professor of English.

>> Cristina Gonzalez, senior adviser to the chancellor of the University of California-Davis and a professor of Spanish.

>> Neal Smatresk, dean of the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington.

"They are strong administrators, people from both the arts and the sciences, and representative of the diversity of the Manoa campus itself," UH Manoa Chancellor Peter Englert said.

"Now we begin what is always an interesting and challenging task of gathering input from the university community when our finalists come to campus over the next few weeks. I am sure they will be warmly welcomed, and they will learn quickly about what a unique place Manoa is and can be."

The university said it will conduct open interviews of the four finalists during the first two weeks of September and could make a final decision several weeks after the interviews.

A 1959 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, McCubbin served as dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology for 14 years before becoming the first chief executive officer of the $6 billion Kamehameha Schools in January 2000.

But McCubbin resigned from the $350,000-a-year post earlier this year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. His resignation followed allegations by several employees that McCubbin was having an improper relationship with a female co-worker.


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