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Office of the Chancellor

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Noreen Yamane


The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for the orderly and proper functioning of Hawaiʻi Community College, and is responsible for carrying out the objectives of the College. Within the rules and regulations of the University of Hawaiʻi System, the Office of the Chancellor:

  • Issues rules and regulations governing the activities of the College
  • Develops long-range plans for the growth and improvement of the College.
  • Recommends appointments, tenure, leaves, terminations and promotions for all College personnel.
  • Maintains accreditation standards as promulgated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the State Legislature, and other governing bodies.
  • Approves and submits a College budget to the University System.
  • Serves as the College's liaison and representative to the general community including the Hawaiʻi County Government, State Legislators, and other appropriate State and community agencies, and organizations.
  • Assures community involvement and program quality through the establishment of lay advisory bodies to critically review instructional programs, the continuance of a fund raising committee, and the establishment of other committees as needed.

About the Chancellor

The Board of Regents approved the appointment of Noreen Yamane as chancellor of Hawaiʻi Community College. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2011.

"With her deep commitment to Hawaiʻi Community College and to the Big Island community, Noreen Yamane is an ideal leader to help further the higher education opportunities for East and West Hawaiʻi," says John Morton, UH vice president for community colleges. "Hawaiʻi Community College has been our fastest growing community college. Noreen has been a big part of that growth, and I look forward to working with her as part of the UH Community Colleges team."

Yamane has been serving as the interim chancellor at Hawaiʻi since July 2010. She served the previous year as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs where she chaired the College Effectiveness Review Committee, overseeing the integration of comprehensive program reviews, budget development, strategic planning and assessment. Yamane was formerly the dean of instruction/assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs where she led the update and revision of Hawaiʻi's Strategic Plan.

She has received many awards recognizing her leadership and commitment in higher education, including the National Education Association Chair's Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award, ʻAʻaliʻi Chancellor's Service Award (from Hawaiʻi CC) and the University of Hawaiʻi's Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

Yamane attended Hilo and completed her BEd at Mānoa, returning for her MEd after teaching in state Department of Education intermediate schools and adult continuing education programs.