Dr. Clyde Sakamoto serves as the chancellor and chief executive officer of UH Maui College. After spending a year as interim provost in 1990, he was permanently appointed. He was then asked to lead “Project 2 & 4”, which brought baccalaureate development to UHMC. He previously served as dean of instruction on Maui.
In addition to his UH service, Sakamoto was director of the Office of International Services for the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, a congressional intern in the office of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, vice president for international marketing with Educators of the Pacific and director of the International Language Institute and English Language Laboratory. His first overseas assignment was as a Peace Corps volunteer in India, where he was elected to the All-India PCV Steering Committee.
Sakamoto additionally supported and continues as principal investigator for more than 290 grants including recently awarded U.S. Department of Labor, National Science Foundation, and Department of Education grants. He has also obtained and administered grants related to telecommunication infrastructure, gender equity, Hawaiian education and sustainable technologies. He has chaired Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation teams for both Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities as well as Community and Junior Colleges commissions.
After earning a BA in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Sakamoto earned credentials at the Institute of World Affairs and attended Santa Clara Law School. He also holds an MEd from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and an EdD from George Washington University. He is active in numerous Maui community and economic development organizations.
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Maui College
Dr. John McKee
Dr. John McKee was appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in August, 2010, after serving in the role on an interim basis for several months. McKee joined Maui College in October of 2009 as the Assistant Dean of Instruction.
Dr. McKee has applied his executive leadership skills toward the college’s efforts to fulfill its missions to meet workforce training needs of employers today while preparing Maui College students for the STEM career opportunities of the future.
Prior to joining the UHMC administration, McKee was Division Dean for Science and Engineering at Portland Community College (PCC), where he had oversight over a range of science and technology programs — including biology, physics and chemistry, computer science, information technology systems and engineering. While at PCC he led the development of a comprehensive “Green Technology” program and curriculum comprehensive plan for the 90,000 student, multi-campus, district. Moreover, he served as the President of the Oregon Academy of Science and in this role led efforts to promote and expand science and technology educational opportunities for Oregon high school and middle school students.
Prior to PCC he served as Dean of Business and Technology at Clark College and as Co-Director of the Washington State University, Vancouver Science and Engineering Institute.
Originally from Stevenson, Washington, McKee holds a doctorate of education in community college leadership from Oregon State University. He earned a master of arts in teaching and his bachelor of arts in social science from Alaska Pacific University. His early career included service as executive director of an agricultural development project for Alaska natives, as project director for Habitat for Humanity in Bend, Oregon, and as a consultant developing a telemedicine business plan for the Central Oregon Hospital Network.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Maui College
David Tamanaha became Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at University of Hawai‘i Maui College in December, 1997.
Before assuming the Vice Chancellor’s position at UH Maui College, he served at University of Hawai‘i Manoa as a Fiscal Officer at several colleges, Outreach College, John A. Burns School of Medicine, School of Hawaiian Asian and Pacific Studies, and Co-Curricular Programs, Activities and Services. He also served at the University of Hawai‘i System, General Accounting Office.
Born and raised on the island of Maui, Tamanaha attended UH Maui College (then known as Maui Community College) and transferred to UH Manoa and earned a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration.
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Maui College
Alvin Tagomori has served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs since September 1991.
Tagomori oversees student personnel related services including admissions & records, counseling & guidance, financial aid, student life, student disability services, housing, and veteran services. Additionally, Tagomori serves as Principal Investigator for the federally funded TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science, and Student Support Services projects as well as the Workforce Investment Act Year-Round Youth Services program.
Previous responsibilities at UHMC include Business Division Chair, Cooperative Education & Job Placement Coordinator, Campus Facilities Development Coordinator, outreach Coordinator, and Student Activities Coordinator.
Prior to joining UHMC, Tagomori served as a Counselor & Work Practicum Coordinator at Honolulu Community College. He also served as Financial Aid Director and Student Housing Manager at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
In March 2004, Tagomori was honored as a Pillar of the Profession by the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Tagomori graduated with a Master of Science degree in Student Personnel Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Speech Education from Emporia State University.
Interim Assistant Dean of Instruction and
Program Coordinator, Maui College
David Grooms joined UH Maui College in 1996 and since 2010 has served as Interim Assistant Dean of Instruction and Program Coordinator for the college’s Accounting Program. Mr. Grooms holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Bakersfield and a Master of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Mr. Grooms represents administration on the college’s Curriculum Committee; and he was the lead faculty in the development of the college’s first baccalaureate degree in Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT). Prior to coming to Maui College, Mr. Grooms worked at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and was a small business owner in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Grooms can be reached at (808) 984-3376 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya became Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at University of Hawai‘i Maui College in August, 2012.
Before assuming the Interim Vice Chancellor’s position at UH Maui Colleges, he served at University of Hawai‘i Maui College as an Instructor in the Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) program. Prior to joining the college, Dr. Bhattacharya worked for large software corporations including Microsoft and Oracle. Dr. Bhattacharya has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry.
Originally from Calcutta (now called Kolkata) India, Dr. Bhattacharya has an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a graduate degree from Columbia University, a law degree from Northwestern California University and a doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix Online.