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Ex-Kamehameha head
hired as UH researcher


Hamilton McCubbin, who resigned under fire as chief executive of the Kamehameha Schools last year, has been hired as a researcher at the University of Hawaii.

Andrew Hashimoto, dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Services, said yesterday that McCubbin started July 1 at the Center on the Family. McCubbin's position at the center, a unit within CTAHR, is for 12 months with the option for renewal subject to funding.

McCubbin's appointment was made after a six-month national search, Hashimoto said. He estimated McCubbin's salary at $100,000 annually.

Hashimoto said the search committee considered a sexual harassment case against McCubbin that surfaced while he was a dean at the University of Wisconsin.

In December 1999 the University of Wisconsin paid $85,813 to a female professor to settle her accusations that McCubbin sexually harassed her over a three-year period. At the time, McCubbin was dean of the University of Wisconsin's School of Human Ecology.

McCubbin also resigned from Kamehameha Schools following allegations by several employees that he was having an improper relationship with a female co-worker.

Hashimoto said that incident was not addressed by the committee because there was "nothing very conclusive."

Hashimoto said that when he heard of McCubbin's appointment, "I asked to be sure that the faculty members and the search committee felt comfortable that the information that they needed was available."

"They did call references, I know, at (the University of) Wisconsin and had some of the material that dealt with the case there," he added. "I felt that in talking to the director (of the Center on the Family) that the search committee looked at whatever information was available and did due diligence."

McCubbin could not be reached for comment yesterday, but has said the Wisconsin case was unfounded, and a university investigation found no wrongdoing on his part.

A 1969 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, McCubbin is a leader in the field of family studies and has authored or co-edited more than a dozen books on the topic.

"He's very well known in the area of family studies," Hashimoto said. "He has a stellar reputation in that area."

Last year, McCubbin was one of four finalists for UH-Manoa's vice chancellor for academic affairs position. The job went to Neal Smatresk, formerly of the University of Texas at Arlington.


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UH names chief fund-raiser


The acting president of the University of Hawaii system's fund-raising organization has been appointed to the post permanently.

Donna Vuchinich brings more than 20 years of experience in public university fund raising to the 10-campus system, a University of Hawaii Foundation news release said Thursday.

Vuchinich was named acting president after Elizabeth Sloane announced in February that she was leaving the Hawaii job for a position at the Harvard Divinity School. Sloane left April 1.

Vuchinich, who joined the foundation in September 2002 as vice president for development, takes over as the university prepares to embark on the largest fund-raising effort in its history. The Centennial Campaign aims to raise up to $250 million by 2007.

Before coming to Hawaii, Vuchinich worked 12 years as director of leadership gifts for the Oregon State University Foundation. She also directed campaigns for the University of New Mexico, which in 1989 launched its second major campaign with a target of $65 million and raised more than $100 million, the foundation said.

Meanwhile Thursday, the foundation announced the appointments of 10 new trustees. They are:

» Bruce Coppa, managing director, Pacific Resource Partnership.
» Mark Fukunaga, chairman and CEO, Servco Pacific Inc.
» Robert Hiam, president and CEO, Hawaii Medical Service Association.
» Stuart Ho, president and CEO, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
» Louise Ing, founding shareholder, vice president and director, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.
» John Komeiji, partner, Watanabe Ing Kawashima & Komeiji.
» Myles Shibata, chief operating officer, Kawailoa Development.
» Gerald Sumida, general counsel, Carlsmith Ball LLP.
» Artie Wilson, partner, Prudential Locations.
» C. Scott Wo, vice president, C.S. Wo & Sons Ltd.

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