Chancellor Search

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Leeward Community College Chancellor

Leeward Community College seeks a creative, dynamic, and collaborative leader who advocates for student access and success to serve as its new Chancellor.

The Chancellor serves as the chief executive officer for Leeward Community College and is responsible for the overall administration, leadership, and management of the College’s academic and student affairs, as well as the career and community education programs. The Chancellor represents the University of Hawai’i and acts on behalf of Leeward Community College within the community. The Chancellor also serves as the College liaison officer to the University of Hawai’i President, President’s staff, Board of Regents, and State Legislature under the direction of the Vice President for Community Colleges.

Kaiāulu (community), kākoʻo a hōʻihi i nā kānaka like ʻole (diversity and respect), kūpono (integrity), and kūākea (open access) are the College’s core institutional values.The Chancellor is expected to maintain and to build upon these principles.

Leeward Community College is a learning-centered institution committed to student achievement. As such, the Chancellor is responsible for establishing the College’s long-term institutional goals and ensuring that the College serves the needs of its diverse student population. The Chancellor also fosters an environment that promotes trust and transparency through effective communication with a strong commitment to shared governance with the College’s diverse faculty, staff, and student populations. The University of Hawai’i System and Leeward Community College have made a special commitment to Native Hawaiians, the indigenous people of the islands. This commitment is demonstrated by the College’s mission, program offerings, and support services at all locations.

The Application Process

Applications are currently being accepted. Review of applications will begin on February 13, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by February 12, 2019.

Details on qualifications, benefits and the application.


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College Highlights

In 2018, Leeward Community College received the Military Friendly School designation for the 7th year. Approximately 12% of the College’s student body is comprised of veterans, active military, and their dependents.

Leeward Community College is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2 Year Education (CAE2Y) through 2023. This designation recognizes that Leeward’s robust information assurance program meets industry, professional, and academic standards for cyber defense programs.

The Teacher Education Program received Hawai‘i Department of Education approval for the delivery of Special Education Certificate of Competence II (SPED CoC II). In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, the Career and Technical Education program received the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s People's Choice Award for Hawaii’s Best Career and Technical Education and Leeward Theatre was a finalist in the Live Theatre category.

In 2017, the Leeward Waiʻanae Moku education center moved to a new standalone facility which allows for enrollment growth in a historically underserved area.

Leeward Theatre reopens in spring 2019 after a major refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the facility which was constructed in 1974.

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Leeward CC At a Glance

Enrollment: Over 6,700 credit headcount and over 2,600 enrolled in non-credit and continuing education courses (Fall 2018)

Carnegie Classification: Associate/Public, 2-year

Degree and Certificate Programs: 15 Associate Degrees, 12 Certificates of Achievement, and 34 Certificates of Competence. A complete list of degrees

Demographics: 41% full-time, 59% part-time; 59% female, 41% male

Diversity: 26% Native Hawaiian or Part-Hawaiian, 23% Filipino, 17% Other Asian, 16% Mixed Race, 15% Other, and 3% Pacific Islander.

College Staff:
348 Authorized Permanent Positions:

Faculty - 209
Administrative, Professional, and Technical - 57
Civil Service - 75
Administrators - 7

Finances (in millions)
$24.5 General Funds, $25.2 Tuition/Special Funds, $15.4 Federal Funds, $3.3 State & Local Grants, $0.8 Private Gifts and Donations

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The University of Hawai’i System

UH Community Colleges are comprised of four community colleges on Oʻahu (Honolulu, Kapiʻolani, Leeward, and Windward) and three community colleges on the neighbor islands (Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, and Maui). Currently, UH Community Colleges serve more than 26,800 credit students annually, which is more than half the enrollment of the entire University of Hawaiʻi System. UH Community Colleges are comprehensive, convenient, and affordable. All seven community colleges offer an associate in arts degree and credits are transferable toward a baccalaureate degree to any of the three University of Hawaiʻi campuses (Mānoa and West Oʻahu on the island of Oʻahu, and Hilo on the island of Hawaiʻi), and other four-year universities that have established partnerships with the Colleges. Most colleges also offer associate in science degrees and certificate training in career areas ranging from business technology, digital media, to natural science. Overall, more than 136 academic programs are available through the UH Community College System. Established in 1964, UH Community Colleges have grown into a major force in education and economic growth in Hawaiʻi, serving more than 100,000 people annually through credit and noncredit programs.