Kapi‘olani CC Chancellor Search Begins

Kapi‘olani CC Chancellor Search Begins

About Kapiʻolani Community College

Kapiʻolani Community College is named after Julia NāpelakapuoKākaʻe Kapiʻolani, an ali‘i or chiefess who was beloved by her people as Queen Kapiʻolani. E Kūlia i ka Nuʻu, strive for the highest, was the motto she adopted for her royal seal. The College has assumed the motto with pride and a responsibility for excellence. Located on a scenic 44-acre site at Kalāhū, Pālolo, Kona, on the island of Oʻahu, the campus is at the base of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head), about a mile from Waikīkī Beach.

Founded in 1946 as Kapiʻolani Technical School and joining the University of Hawaiʻi System in 1965, Kapiʻolani Community College celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2021. The College offers a comprehensive liberal arts program and dynamic pre-baccalaureate transfer pathways in subjects such as Hawaiian studies, education, natural sciences, engineering, and math. The campus is a statewide leader in allied health and nursing professions and also offers programs in business, paralegal, information technology, culinary arts, hospitality & tourism education, new media arts, and continuing education and training.

Vision, Mission & Values

‘Ōlelo Nu‘ukia – Vision

Kapi‘olani Community College is a model indigenous serving institution whose graduates strengthen the social, economic, and sustainable advancement of Hawai‘i and the world.

Ala Nu‘ukia – Mission

Kapi‘olani Community College provides open access to higher education opportunities in pursuit of academic, career, and lifelong learning goals to the diverse communities of Hawai‘i. Committed to student success through engagement, learning, and achievement, the College offers high-quality certificates and associate degrees, and transfer pathways that prepare indigenous, local, national, and international students for their productive futures.

Nā Lawena Waiwai – Values

Kapi‘olani Community College honors the legacy of Queen Kapi‘olani through these values:

  • Kūpono:  Practicing honesty and integrity with clarity in all relationships.
  • Kuleana: Sharing a common responsibility to support the future of our students, college, community, land, and sea.
  • Mālama: Protecting and perpetuating ancestral knowledge.
  • Kūloa‘a: Ensuring that the needs of our students are met with support and service.
  • Kūlia: Creating meaningful curricula and learning experiences that serve as a foundation for all to stand and move forward.

We are guided by our shared vision, values, and commitments and by the recommendations of Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao.

    Kapi‘olani Community College at a Glance


    • Headcount (Credit) 6,100 and thousands more enrolled in non-credit and continuing education courses.
    • Full-time 50.1%
    • Part-time 49.9%


    • Male 35%
    • Female 63%
    • No Data 2%
    • Average Age 25

    Self-Reported Ethnicities

    • Asian 45%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 22%
    • Mixed 15%
    • Caucasian 13%
    • All Other 5%

    Carnegie Classification

    • Associate/public, 2-year college


    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
    • American Culinary Federation Education Foundation
    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
    • Many other key program accrediting and licensing organizations

    Degrees & Certificates

    • Programs 33
    • Degrees 20
    • Certificates 13
    • Subject Areas 24
    • Includes:
      • Advanced Professional Certificate (APC)
      • Associate Arts (AA)
      • Associate in Sciences (AS)
      • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
      • Certificate of Competence (CO)

    College Staff (Authorized Permanent Positions)

    • Faculty 236.0
    • Administrative Professional Technical 52.5
    • Civil Service 76.5
    • Administrators 8.0
    • Total 373.0

    Finances (in millions)

    • General Funds $26.6M
    • Tuition & Fees and Special Funds $13.9M
    • Federal Funds $21.3M
    • State & Local Grants $ .8M
    • Private Gifts and Donations $3.2M

    Moving the College Forward

    The Ideal Chancellor Will…

    • Exemplify leadership skills that fulfill the vision and mission of the College with accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency. 
    • Define clear goals and priorities for the College to achieve collaboratively. 
    • Support the College’s commitment to providing quality education for a diverse student population with a focus on increasing accessibility and success among Native Hawaiian and other underserved populations. 
    • Provide clear and strategic leadership for the budget and fiscal management of the College. 
    • Ensure diverse perspectives and transparency by considering input and feedback from students, faculty, staff, and the community. 
    • Communicate in a clear and concise manner and approach challenges with integrity, enthusiasm, humility, and a sense of humor. 
    • Foster a College community that encourages mutual respect and collegiality. 
    • Recognize the importance of innovative technologies to achieve the goals of the College. 
    • Encourage well-being and work-life balance for all students, faculty, and staff. 
    • Be an advocate for improvement at all levels, including for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

    Kapi‘olani Community College Chancellor

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Master’s degree or equivalent
    2. Administrative experience in a College at the deanship level or equivalent, or experience at the community College professional (C5) level, or demonstrated comparable mid-management administrative experience in an educational agency, industry, or government.
    3. Possession of management skills.
    4. Ability to relate to and skill in meeting people.
    5. Demonstrated leadership.

    All MQs must be met by the effective date of hire. See the full advertisement, for Desirable Qualifications (DQs) and more information.


    Include but not limited to: health insurance, retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and group life insurance. Details about benefits are available online.

    Administrative Governance

    • University of Hawaiʻi Community College System includes seven community colleges.
    • The Chancellor reports to the Vice President for Community Colleges.
    • University of Hawaiʻi System includes the seven Community Colleges, UH at Mānoa, UH at Hilo, and UH – West Oʻahu, hawaii.edu/#ten-campuses
    • University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents – the President of the UH System reports to the Board of Regents, hawaii.edu/offices/bor/

    Application Process

    To Apply

    1. Please visit workatuh.hawaii.edu, search for Position No. 89100 if needed, & complete online application.
    2. If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, please create an account. Next, please email items A-D to csearch@hawaii.edu. Applications sent by fax, mail, or email will not be accepted.
      1. Cover letter with statement outlining how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, how your work experiences and/or formal training enable you to fulfill duties and responsibilities, and your management/leadership philosophy;
      2. Current curriculum vitae;
      3. Graduate and undergraduate transcript(s) showing degree and course work to date verifying minimum and desirable educational qualifications (official transcript copies are acceptable, original official transcripts are required at time of hire). Online transcripts or academic record/grade summaries will NOT be accepted; &
      4. Five (5) professional references including name, title, and contact info (telephone number and email addresses). References will not be contacted without prior notice to the candidate. Background checks will be made prior to employment.

    Continuous Recruitment

    Review of applications will begin on or about 08/24/22 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, submit application by 08/23/22.


    Kristie Malterre, Search Coordinator, by email csearch@hawaii.edu or (808) 734-9344

    The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity institution and encourages applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates.

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