Kamehameha Schools CEO to retire in 2014

Published On: May 06 2013 01:37:42 PM HST

Kamehameha Schools announced Monday that it will begin the process to identify a successor to CEO Dee Jay Mailer, who has led KS since 2004, and recently announced her decision to retire in 2014.

"Retirement means I will step out of a role I have been very fortunate to be in for 10 years at Kamehameha Schools," Mailer told nearly 2,200 KS employees in a special announcement.  "My heart is perpetually warmed by our work together to help educate and nurture those under our care. What an honor to m?lama Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s dearest treasures -- Pauahi's people, her children, and her lands, all through the perpetuation of our culture and by being ‘good and industrious’ under Ke Akua’s love and guidance."

Mailer has planned her retirement with the Trustees and in connection with the unveiling of a new 2015-2030 Strategic Plan for Kamehameha Schools.

"I have had the honor of leading during our past Strategic Plan and will see it to its completion, with nothing but praise for our leadership, staff and faculty and communities who have made it all happen," Mailer told employees.  "It makes sense that with a new plan, a new CEO will step up to lead passionate people forward to meet Pauahi's mission. By announcing now, it allows the Trustees ample time to properly recruit your new Chief Executive Officer."

Board of Trustee Chairman Micah Kane said, "Dee Jay’s engaging leadership style, unwavering commitment and strong values have helped to manage Kamehameha Schools through challenging times.  Most importantly, she supported Trustees in their successful defense of Kamehameha Schools' Hawaiian preference admissions policy, allowing the Schools to fulfill its mission of creating educational opportunities to improve the capability and well being of Hawaiian people. Her achievements as CEO have significantly expanded Kamehameha Schools’ reach within the Hawaiian community and our State, and have prepared Kamehameha Schools for continued and meaningful growth as we develop and implement our next strategic plan for 2015-30. The Board is grateful for her immense contributions to Kamehameha Schools and her distinguished service as CEO. Dee Jay, like our Founder, Ke Ali'i Pauahi Bishop, is an exemplary Hawaiian leader."

Mailer joined Kamehameha Schools as CEO in January 2004 after being recruited from her position as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Fund, an independent, public-private partnership and multi-billion-dollar trust based in Switzerland, designed to attract, manage and disburse new resources to fight the global crises of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  Prior to that she held executive leadership positions at Health Net, Inc. in Woodland Hills, California, and was CEO of Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Honolulu. She is a 1970 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and has a B.S. in Professional Nursing and an M.B.A from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Under Mailer’s leadership, Kamehameha Schools advanced its 2000-15 Strategic Plan with significant growth in the number of Native Hawaiian children and families served and in the amount Kamehameha Schools was able to spend on education. In fiscal year 2004, Kamehameha Schools provided services to 35,006 learners, including 27,345 through all of its other scholarships, outreach programs and collaborations. Education spending for Kamehameha Schools in the same period was $221 million.

In fiscal year 2012, Kamehameha Schools’ services were extended to 47,408 learners: 5,384 on campuses; 1,555 in preschools; 4,043 in public charter schools, and 36,426 others, with education spending at $323 million.

During that same period, Kamehameha Schools' endowment value increased from approximately $6B to its current value of over $9B.  Additionally, under Mailer’s guidance, Kamehameha Schools greatly expanded its work with Hawaiian organizations and communities, focusing on developing and funding collaborations and partnerships.

The Board of Trustees will conduct the process to choose Mailer’s successor.

"The Board is committed to conducting a rigorous and thorough search to identify the best candidate to serve as the Kamehameha Schools' next CEO," Chairman Kane shared.

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