Dean Hedges, 3 others with JABSOM ties to help select next Mānoa Chancellor


University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood has announced the members of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor Search Advisory Committee and the timeline for selection of the next chancellor of UH Mānoa, four of whom have ties to the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).


The committee includes Dean Jerris Hedges, MD, Complementary  & Alternative Medicine Professor Kelley Withy, MD and Robert Cooney, PhD, of the Department of Public Health Sciences. Virginia Pressler, MD, of Hawai’i Pacific Health, also appointed, is a JABSOM graduate and UH Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna.


The committee is chaired by Dr. Klaus Keil, planetary scientist with UH Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and co-chaired by Regent Emeritus and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Servco Pacific, Inc. Mark Fukunaga. The first meeting of the 23-member committee was Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at College Hill.


The search committee includes faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, deans, administrative staff, representatives of Native Hawaiian groups, colleagues from departments such as astronomy, tropical agriculture, education, natural sciences, and the schools of law, medicine, ocean and earth science and technology, and nursing, as well as alumni and community leaders. All share a common interest in the future of UH Mānoa.


Members include:


  • Chair: Klaus Keil, PhD, Planetary Scientist, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, UH Mānoa
  • Co-Chair: Mark Fukunaga, Esq., Regent Emeritus and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Servco Pacific, Inc.
  • Robert Cooney, PhD, Chair of Faculty Senate, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Environmental Sciences, UH Mānoa
  • Marla Acosta, Secretary to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, UH Mānoa
  • Hazel Beh, Esq., Professor of Law, UH Mānoa
  • Kim Binsted, PhD, Associate Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, and Co-Investigator in the University of Hawai‘i-NASA Astrobiology Institute, UH Mānoa
  • Paul Coleman, PhD, Specialist/Astrophysicist and Director of the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, Institute for Astronomy, UH Mānoa
  • William Ditto, PhD, Dean, College of Natural Sciences, UH Mānoa
  • Nicholas Gibson, Representative of the Graduate Student Organization, UH Mānoa
  • Gunter Hasinger, PhD, Director, Institute for Astronomy, UH Mānoa
  • Jerris Hedges, MD, Dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Mānoa
  • C. Manu Ka‘iama, Instructor at the Shidler College of Business and Director and Principal Investigator of the Kaulele Program at the Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Mānoa
  • David Karl, PhD, Director, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education, UH Mānoa
  • Anna Koethe, President, Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i, UH Mānoa
  • Faye Kurren, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawai‘i Dental Service
  • James Lally, Director Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Member, University of Hawai‘i Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Ginny Pressler, MD, Executive Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Hawai‘i Pacific Health
  • Christine Quemuel, MA, Director, UH Mānoa Women’s Center
  • Georgette Sakumoto, Pre-Award Manager, Office of Research Services
  • Frank Sansone, PhD, Professor of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
  • Douglas Vincent, PhD, Animal Scientist and Department Chair, Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences, UH Mānoa
  • Kelley Withy, MD, Professor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Director of the Hawai‘i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center, UH Mānoa
  • JoAnn Yuen, EdD, Associate Professor of Disability Studies, UH Mānoa


The search committee will be assisted in the process by executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, which has a staff of close to 100 recruitment professionals and offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. Isaacson, Miller serves leading educational and research universities, healthcare institutions, non-profit foundations and national advocacy organizations, and successfully completes close to 150 executive searches each year.


This press release courtesy UH System.

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