Two members of the Hawai‘i Community College ‘ohana have received UH System awards that celebrate their hard work and dedication to the college.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Jim Yoshida received the 2012 Willard Wilson Distinguished Service Award, and Greg Barber received the 2012 President’s Maintenance Award.
John Morton, the Vice President of University of Hawai’i Community Colleges, presented the awards to Yoshida and Barber at the all-college meeting held Friday, January 4 at the cafeteria on the Manono Campus.
The Willard Wilson Distinguished Service Award recognizes exemplary service to the university by a UH employee. It was established by the Board of Regents in 1969 to honor the long-time UH employee and secretary to the board.
As he presented Yoshida with the Willard Wilson award, Morton pointed out that Yoshida has filled numerous roles for HawCC since he began as a faculty member in 1984. Yoshida has taught marketing, management courses and computer-related courses such as networking, wireless security, web design and computer applications. He has also taken temporary assignments as registrar, institutional researcher, division chairman, interim dean and vice chancellor.
Yoshida was born and raised on Maui. He received a BBA in Management and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from UH Manoa.
Barber joined the Planning, Operations and Maintenance Department at HawCC in 2009.
Barber is described as a resourceful leader with a positive attitude who has taken the initiative to learn about photovoltaics, electrical maintenance and carpentry. He even became a certified locksmith and uses his knowledge to increase the efficiency of his department.
Morton highlighted Barber’s ability to adapt to new technology and changes that arise in his field of work.
“As the job changes, he changes,” Morton said.
Barber was raised in eastern Oregon and came to Hawai’i because he married a local girl. Barber is the father of three girls and one boy. His youngest attends HawCC.