Embattled KCC chancellor to step down

Embattled KCC chancellor to step down

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Embattled Kapiolani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards will step down following the institution's commencement exercises May 15.

Richards has been a divisive figure at KCC for years.

Earlier this year, faculty members approved a no-confidence vote in Richards and asked for his removal.

But as far back as 2013, KCC employees were raising concerns about Richards. That year, two managers accused him of gender and race discrimination. Also in 2013, a Hawaii News Now public-records request found that Richards spent four months traveling out of state over a period of a year and a half.

Richards has headed up KCC since 2007, and joined the campus in 1977. A University of Hawaii spokesman said Richards will retire on Dec. 1.

From May to December, Richards has been given a special assignment: He'll be developing a transition plan for the international education programs at UH community colleges, a news release said.

John Morton, vice president for community colleges at UH, said he'll recommend that the Board of Regents appoint vice-chancellor of academic affairs Louise Pagotto to replace Richards.

KCC is the second-largest campus in the UH system.

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