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University of Hawai’i West O’ahu hires college chancellor

Four education leaders join higher ed campuses nationwide
University Business, January 2017
Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham, who's taught higher ed since 1993, was honored as Educator of the Year by The Native Hawaiian Education Association in 2015.
Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham, who's taught higher ed since 1993, was honored as Educator of the Year by The Native Hawaiian Education Association in 2015.

Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham is the new chancellor of the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu.

A native Hawaiian, Benham was previously the inaugural dean of the Hawai’inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at University of Hawai’i Manoa, the only college of indigenous knowledge at a Research I institution in the U.S. In 2015 she was honored as Educator of the Year by The Native Hawaiian Education Association.

She has been teaching since 1978 and in higher ed since 1993. Much of her focus has been on creating alternative frames of leadership, improving education program planning and assessments, supporting leadership development, building school-community partnerships, and promoting professional ethics. 

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