University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto announced he will retire at the end of October 2014. Sakamoto has served in the UH System for 41 years and has been the chief executive officer of the Maui campus since 1991. Sakamoto has also served as dean of instruction at the Maui campus and was executive director of Projects 2 and 4, which brought baccalaureate development to UH community colleges. The student population in fall 2013 was 4,076—a 74 percent enrollment increase under Chancellor Sakamoto’s leadership.
Sakamoto has helped secure more than $147 million in extramural funds for UH Maui College since 1997. In Fiscal Year 2013, Sakamoto secured the second largest extramural award for UH from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, ranking Sakamoto the #2 Principal Investigator throughout the UH system. Under Sakamoto’s leadership, UH Maui College was awarded over $20 million in extramural funds during Fiscal Year 2013, placing UH Maui College second among the ten UH campuses. Sakamoto has also overseen $22 million in federal Rural Development funds and has helped secure over $26 million for the Native Hawaiian programs. He has obtained and administered grants related to telecommunication infrastructure, gender equity, Hawaiian education and sustainable technologies.
“Clyde has been the singular face of higher education on Maui for decades. He has always been an innovator and visionary, with one example being his pioneering leadership in developing distance learning for the tri-isle Maui County that became a model for UH’s work throughout the state. Clyde’s legacy includes the beautiful UH Maui College campus, a robust suite of educational programs that support economic development, and a county-wide understanding of the importance of higher education to the community. After 41 years of working tirelessly for the people of Maui County, we wish Clyde and his wife Gerianne all the best for an amazing retirement together,” said UH Interim President David Lassner.
“I am continually and deeply grateful to have been given an opportunity to contribute to higher education in Maui County and Hawaiʻi. On behalf of our students and community, our college’s progress reflects a commitment from our campus staff and faculty, community and political leadership in Maui County,” Sakamoto said.
“I thank all of you who have contributed to improving higher learning in Maui County. Through your support and assistance, we built a firm foundation for continual and future leadership to prepare learners for the global and local opportunities presented by needs and problems. I am especially grateful for my faculty, staff and administrative colleagues who inspire learners by addressing unmet needs, persevering through complicated and transparent processes without complaint, and adding value to our students’ access to careers that will sustain themselves and their families.”
“I greatly appreciate the many years of leadership and contributions that Chancellor Sakamoto has provided to UH Maui College and the community college system,” said Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton. “Our task now is to begin the process of finding someone who can continue Chancellor Sakamoto’s legacy of service and dedication to the residents of Maui County as the next Chancellor.”