HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii real estate agency executive is stepping in to direct the University of Hawaii's land development.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Castle & Cooke senior director for community and government relations Carleton Ching will start his role at the University of Hawaii on Nov. 30.
In March, Ching's nomination to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources was withdrawn by Gov. David Ige amid opposition from environmentalists and an anticipated lack of support in the state Senate.
University officials announced the hire Friday, noting Ching has over three decades of experience. UH President David Lassner said Ching's career in real estate development and leadership skills made him the candidate to hire.
Ching will plan, develop and oversee the university's properties.