Kamehameha Schools CEO to retire in 2014

Dee Jay Mailer. Photo courtesy: Kamehameha Schools.
Dee Jay Mailer. Photo courtesy: Kamehameha Schools.

HONOLULU (AP) – The CEO of Kamehameha Schools is planning to retire next year.

Dee Jay Mailer has led Kamehameha Schools since 2004. The institution announced her retirement Monday.

Her time as CEO has been marked by Kamehameha Schools having to defend its admissions policy and by an increase in its endowment from about $6 billion to more than $9 billion.

Kamehameha Schools was established in 1883 by the will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The private schools give admissions preference to Native Hawaiian students.

Mailer joined Kamehameha Schools as CEO after being recruited from her position as chief operating officer of Switzerland-based Global Fund. She is a 1970 graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

She says she’s announcing her retirement now to provide ample time to recruit her replacement.

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