Ceremony Speakers
104th Annual Commencement Exercise
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Stan Sheriff Center

Combined Undergraduate & Advanced Degree Ceremony Speaker

Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi

Kathryn Matayoshi was named superintendent effective Sept. 13, 2010. Prior to her appointment, she served as acting and interim superintendent (January 2010) and Deputy Superintendent (July 2009). Matayoshi’s expertise in public policy and strategic planning has been integral to transforming and streamlining the Department's systems and operations. Matayoshi, an attorney, came to the Department following a successful career in the private, government and nonprofit sectors — executive director, Hawaii Business Roundtable (2007-2009); president and chief executive officer, Community Links Hawaii (2006-2007); strategic planning consultant (2005-2007); chief of staff, City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply (2002-2005); and director, state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (1995-2002). She also held positions at Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (1988-1995), Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel (1983-1988), and served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Samuel P. King (1982-1983). A Hilo High alumna, Matayoshi holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor's degree from Carleton College.