UH Manoa to host chancellor candidates in April

University of Hawaiʻi
Lynne Waters, (808) 956-9803
Associate Vice President, External Affairs & University Relations, UH System
Posted: Mar 22, 2012

Thomas Apple
Thomas Apple
Robert Holub
Robert Holub
Carlo Montemagno
Carlo Montemagno
Kim Wilcox
Kim Wilcox
HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i System is pleased to announce that four candidates for the position of Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, have been invited to visit the campus and make public presentations to university students, faculty, staff and the community. The UHM Chancellor Search Advisory Committee extended invitations to the candidates following review of an extensive national pool of potential applicants developed by executive search firm Issacson, Miller.
"From the very beginning, we've been impressed with and appreciative of the inclusive nature of the search for the next UH Mānoa Chancellor," said Search Advisory Committee Chair Dr. Klaus Keil, Planetary Scientist with the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at UH Mānoa. "The Committee had an excellent and diverse group of candidates from which to make our recommendations, and the scope of the committee membership included faculty, staff, researchers and students, all stakeholders with a vested interest in the next leader of UH Mānoa."
Committee Co-Chair Mark Fukunaga, Chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific, said, “The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has a critical role in determining the social and economic future of Hawai‘i. It has achieved a great deal of success in research funding and student attainment, and is poised at an inflection point in its history to do far more. The next Chancellor will lead collaborative efforts between UH Mānoa, businesses, government, the wider community and international institutions, and will need to understand that partnerships are necessary to move UH Mānoa forward. We feel confident that the field of finalists for consideration will meet that expectation.”
The candidates are:
Thomas Apple
Provost, University of Delaware
Tom Apple earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University in 1976 and received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1982. He joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Nebraska as an assistant professor in 1983 and was named a tenured associate professor in 1988. He moved to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1991 and rose to the rank of full professor. He chaired the Department of Chemistry from 1997-2001.
In 2001 Apple was named Dean of Graduate Education and the following year was additionally named as Vice Provost. He also served as the NCAA faculty representative at RPI. He was named the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware in 2005 and Provost at UD in 2009.
Apple's research in magnetic resonance of zeolite and polymeric materials has been funded by various grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other private sources. He won the Louis Redding Award for Diversity, the RPI's Trustees Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996 and the University of Nebraska Parents Association Teaching Award in 1990 and 1991. The University of Delaware is a land, sea and space-grant university. It enrolls 16,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students, consists of seven colleges with 40 departments and 1175 full-time faculty, and externally sponsored programs totaling $200 million annually.
Robert C. Holub
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
During Robert Holub’s tenure, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has set records in every area of achievement, from research awards and fundraising to measures of student success, diversity, and academic performance. As Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville, Holub focused on increasing student retention rates, enhancing research productivity, improving faculty compensation, and recruiting inner-city, minority students.
He was a Professor of German at the University of California Berkeley for 27 years. During his tenure as chair, the National Research Council ranked the German Department the best in the field. As Dean of the Undergraduate Division in the College of Letters and Science, Holub was responsible for the education of approximately 18,000 undergraduates on the Berkeley campus and introduced significant reforms in general education, undergraduate advising, and educational policy.
Holub’s academic interests focus on 19th and 20th-century German intellectual, cultural, and literary history. He has written 12 books and more than 100 articles and essays on topics ranging from early nineteenth-century German realism to the postwar examination of the Holocaust.
Holub grew up on the New Jersey shore. He earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature in 1973, a Master’s in German in 1976, and a Doctorate in German in 1979, all at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Carlo Montemagno
Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati
Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Carlo Montemagno served as Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, and as the Roy & Carol Doumani Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UCLA. He previously served as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.
Dean Montemagno earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell (1980) and M.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University (1990). He served for ten years in the United States Navy, and in several senior management positions as a Civil Engineering Corps Officer. At the Argonne National Laboratory he led laboratory and field investigations developing bioremediation technology for the treatment of hazardous waste.
In 1995 Dean Montemagno earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences from Notre Dame University. Upon obtaining his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, he began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering where he was one of the pioneers in the field of Nanobiotechnology.
Dean Montemagno’s work has resulted in a number of patents and appointments to numerous editorial boards and governmental committees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nanomedicine, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advance Concepts.
Kim Wilcox
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Michigan State University
Kim A. Wilcox is the chief academic officer of Michigan State University’s campus of over 47,000 students and approximately 5,000 faculty and academic staff. During Dr. Wilcox’s tenure as Provost, MSU has expanded the University’s two medical colleges into Grand Rapids and the Detroit area, increased external support for research, expanded academic and outreach programs in the arts and humanities, refocused recruitment and retention of a diverse campus community, redefined international programming efforts, and secured the next generation rare isotope beam facility for the campus.
Dr. Wilcox spent most of his faculty career at the University of Kansas, including 10 years as Chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders, and served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for General Education Coordination. He has published extensively in the area of developmental speech acoustics, is the recipient of several teaching awards, and has directed teaching, research, and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. He won the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2009 Diversity Champion Award, and Michigan State University’s College of Communications Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award in 2006. He earned a B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University (1976) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University (1978 and 1980), both in speech and hearing science.
Each candidate will give a presentation on his or her vision for the university to interested faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. The tentative calendar for public presentations is:
Thursday, April 5, 12:00noon to 1:00pm - Dr. Carlo Montemagno, Kuykendall Hall Auditorium Room 101
Tuesday, April 10, 1:30-2:30pm - Dr. Thomas Apple, Art Auditorium
Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:30pm - Dr. Robert Holub, Kuykendall Hall Auditorium Room 101
Friday, April 20, 12:00noon to 1:00pm - Dr. Kim Wilcox, Art Auditorium
As the recruitment of a new Chancellor is conducted on a continuous basis, the Search Advisory Committee may consider additional applications and nominations and extend invitations to other candidates to visit UH Mānoa until a new Chancellor is appointed.
For final confirmation of the visiting candidates’ public presentations and for additional information and background materials about the candidates, please see http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/executivesearch/