The Kamehameha Schools’ Board of Trustees announced Tuesday their selection of Livingston “Jack” Wong as Chief Executive Officer of the educational trust.
Wong has been serving as interim CEO since April of this year, when Dee Jay Mailer retired.
Wong joined KS in 1997 as senior counsel specializing in commercial real estate. He was promoted to director of KS’ Endowment Legal Division in 2000, and subsequently helped lead Kamehameha’s defense of its Hawaiian preference admission policy. In 2013, Jack was named Vice President for Legal Affairs.
After graduating from UCLA with degrees in economics and law, Wong began his legal career at Morrison and Foerster in Los Angeles, Calif., and then returned to Hawaii to practice law at Bendet, Fidell, Sakai and Lee. He represented international, national and local businesses, financial institutions and landowners, in the areas of real estate, finance, and business associations. Wong also previously served as an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University, teaching courses in business law.
In August 2000, the Board of Trustees authorized a structural reorganization of Kamehameha Schools that began with institutional governance. For the first time in the Schools’ history, responsibility for day-to-day management of Kamehameha’s education and endowment operations was placed in the hands of a Chief Executive Officer and his or her leadership team.
Wong is the third CEO in the history of the trust. He and his wife, Kimi, have three children.