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UH Hilo announces five finalists for chancellor

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Janie Fouke Janie Fouke
Luoluo Hong Luoluo Hong
John Pezzuto John Pezzuto
James Riehl James Riehl
Donald Straney Donald Straney

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawaii at Hilo has announced five finalists for the university's top job. The candidate who is selected will replace Chancellor Rose Tseng, who is retiring after serving as chancellor since 1998.

"The committee is pleased with the breadth of interest and high level of talent in the pool of candidates to become our next chancellor. We are confident that the campus and community will be impressed by these individuals" said Search Advisory Committee Co-Chairman and UH Hilo Faculty Congress Chairman Sevki Erdogan.

The candidates are visiting Hilo this month, meeting with students and faculty as well as attending community meetings across the island of Hawaii. They are also meeting with MRC Greenwood, president of the University of Hawaii. Greenwood will make the final recommendation to the university's Board of Regents.

The candidates are:

Janie Fouke is the senior advisor to the president and professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. She previously served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida, dean of engineering at Michigan State University, and division director of bioengineering and environmental systems at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Fouke completed her liberal arts degree in biology at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and earned graduate degrees in biomedical mathematics and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Luoluo Hong is the vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Her senior administrative roles have included assistant vice president and dean of students at Shepherd College, dean of students at the University of Wisconsin]Madison and dean of student affairs at the West campus at Arizona State University. Hong received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Amherst College, a master's degree in public health from Yale University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

John Pezzuto is a professor and founding dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii‘ at Hilo. Pezzuto came to UH Hilo from his position as dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences at Purdue University. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1977, has mentored many students and postdoctoral associates, and has published over 500 manuscripts. Pezzuto received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rutgers University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

James Riehl is the dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He also held visiting faculty positions at Kings College, London, and the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Riehl is the author or co-author of more than 100 research publications and a recently published book entitled "Mirror-Image Asymmetry." Riehl received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Villanova University, and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Purdue University in 1975.

Donald Straney is dean of the College of Science and professor of biology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has also served as interim dean of the Cal Poly College of Agriculture and assistant to the provost at Michigan State University. Within the California State University system, he serves on the board of directors of both the Desert Studies Center and the Ocean Studies Institute as well as on the Strategic Planning Council of CSUPERB, the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. Straney received a doctorate in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and both his master's and bachelor's degrees are from Michigan State University in zoology.

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