Retired Hawaii Community College Professor Sara Narimatsu has been awarded the status of Emerita Professor, a title that reflects her dedication to HawCC during her 32-year career.
The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents bestowed the title upon Narimatsu at its regular meeting on Sept. 28.
Narimatsu’s colleagues from the Office of Continuing Education and Training nominated her for Emerita Professor status, a move that was supported by Deborah Shigehara, the interim director of the office.
In addition, Noreen Yamane, Chancellor of HawCC, asked the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents to approve the title.
Board of Regents Bylaws and Policies allow for the award of emerita status to retired community college professors for “dedicated and honorable service.”
Narimatsu joined HawCC in 1976 as lead instructor at the Employment Training Center after receiving her B.Ed and M.Ed from UH-Manoa.
In 1999 she was promoted to full professor and coordinator of the Skills Development Center in the Office of Continuing Education and Training.
Narimatsu also served as Interim Director for the Office of Continuing Education and Training from February 2007 until she was made permanent director in May 2008.
Narimatsu retired from Hawai’i Community College on May 31, 2009 after a career spanning the college’s history as a branch of University of Hawaii at Hilo through its transition as a part of the UH Community College System.
Narimatsu “held an exemplary work record” during her career, Chancellor Yamane wrote in her recommendation to the Board of Regents, citing Narimatsu’s service on numerous task forces and committees.
Narimatsu also received several awards, including the 2003 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Service to Hawaii Community College.