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Damien President Bernard Ho announces retirement

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Bernard Ho, President and CEO of Damien Memorial School, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
His retirement  is set to be effective at the end  of June 2016.
Ho retired as executive vice president of HMSA in 2005 and took the reins of Damien in 2007 after the retirement of the then-president,  Brother  Gregory O'Donnell, CFC.
Ho shepherded the school  through several landmark events. Foremost among these were Damien’s transition from an all-boys to a co­ educational school in 2012, and the addition of a sixth grade in 2008 to establish a complete middle school. The high school has been in operation since the school’s founding in 1962.
The last commencement exercise Ho will president over in May 2016 will feature the school’s first coed graduating class. 
During Ho’s tenure enrollment increased from a low of 365 students in the 2011-12 school year to nearly 700 this school year.
Ho’s most ambitious undertaking was Campaign E' Ho'opa'a,  the largest campus expansion project in school history. The first facility in the project has already been completed. The Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Building will open in December.
Future plans call for the construction of a new music education building, a new administration  building  and library,  as well as  refurbishing  of the school's football field and track. 
Ho was instrumental in enhancing school infrastructure to enable modern technology and communication systems and plant improvements. He also is credited with fortifying  Damien’s financial operations.
“My tenure as president was most gratifying to witness continuous improvements in spirituality and learning among our amazing young men and women students,” said Ho. “I look forward to happy days with family and grandchildren and continuing community services.”
Gregory Sitar (Class of  1978), chairman of the school’s board of directors,  accepted Ho's decision on behalf  of the school and said a search firm has been commissioned to find his successor.
"Bernard is a special person and it will be a challenge to find a successor with his passion and energy,” said Sitar.
He said all qualified candidates with an understanding of Hawaii will be considered in the search, which will not be limited to the islands.
Ho spent 37 years with HMSA, and 32 of those years were served in the capacity of vice president at different levels.
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