The University of Hawaii Chancellor Gene Awakuni announced Tuesday that he is stepping down at the end of the current academic year.
Awakuni said his goal when he accepted the position in March 2005 was to get a new campus built and opened to start a four-year degree program.
The UH West Oahu campus opened on Aug. 20.
"Getting the new campus built and opened was the most challenging yet rewarding experience in my over 30 years in higher education," said Awakuni. "Since its beginning, UHWO has always had to struggle to secure resources. That was true also in the construction of the new campus."
Awakuni said stepping down at the end of the current academic year will give him the time to complete a few initiatives that are underway, including continuity in representation during the next legislative session.
"We know that the new UHWO has tremendous potential to make a difference not just to residents in the region, but the state of Hawaii," said Awakuni.
"The Board of Regents and I charged Chancellor Awakuni with getting UH West Oahu built and open by this fall and he did. This is one of the most important projects for higher education in the entire state of Hawaii and we are very proud that this campus opened to excited and enthusiastic students," said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. "We thank him, we will continue to work with him over this period and we will begin the search for a new chancellor in the near future. Once again, I have appreciated working with Chancellor Awakuni over the last few years and wish him the best."