University of Hawaii announces new West Oahu chancellor

Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham (Photo: University of Hawaii)

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved the next chancellor of UH West Oahu.

Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham is expected to start on Jan. 1, 2017. She currently serves as the inaugural dean of the Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Manoa.

A kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) scholar and teacher, the Kamehameha Schools graduate is locally, nationally and internationally recognized for her work in education.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity and promise to build on the great work of my predecessors as I work collaboratively with the amazing faculty, staff and students of UH West Oahu,” said Benham. “The next voyage of UH West Oahu’s history will be critical one as our sail plan will include expanding our campus and developing signature programs to serve the central and west Oahu region and the entire state.”

“One of Dr. Benham’s true gifts is her commitment to collaboration, inclusiveness and partnership, which is extremely important as UH West is poised to develop its identity in a time of growth,” said UH president David Lassner. “I am confident she will provide inspirational leadership to the campus and the community.”

Benham began her teaching career in 1978 teaching grades K–12 in California, Texas and Hawaii (Kaiser High School and Kamehameha Schools). She earned her doctoral degree from UH Manoa in 1992 and joined the College of Education faculty at Michigan State University in 1993. Among her notable accomplishments, Benham was the lead author of the White House Paper on the Tribal Colleges and Universities a Trust Responsibility (2004) submitted to the U.S. President’s Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities.

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