Keith Amemiya

Chris Fleck
Wednesday - August 31, 2011
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Photo courtesy Keith Amemiya

Keith Amemiya has been transitioning smoothly since he was appointed executive administrator and secretary of the Board of Regents at the University of Hawaii in March 2010.

“It’s a pleasure working for the Board of Regents, as they’re a highly talented and diverse group of individuals who always have the best interest of our university’s students and faculty at heart,” says Amemiya, who was featured on MidWeek‘s cover Oct. 30, 2002.

It isn’t any wonder Amemiya would be a good fit in his current position with his tremendous success as executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, a position he held for 11 years. At the HHSAA, Amemiya was able to assemble and organize numerous corporate sponsorships and TV and radio agreements to benefit 94 statewide high school sports programs.

“I try to continue to support our high school athletics programs statewide, as I firmly believe that they’re such an integral part of the student-athletes’ educational experience,” he adds.

Amemiya gives an enormous amount of credit to the state for the way Damien Memorial School quarterback Alan Mohika’s head injury has been handled the past few weeks.

“The athletic trainers and physicians handled the injury superbly. We’re so fortunate to have so many excellent trainers and physicians across the state serving our high school student-athletes, I am glad it appears he’ll eventually recover,” he says.

Amemiya focuses his attention on major objectives for the UH Board of Regents, which include increasing the number of graduates by 25 percent by 2015, contributing to Hawaii’s overall economic future through research, innovation and technology, as well as ensuring that campuses and facilities reflect the UH mission as a 21st century university built on excellence.

Regarding the recent proposals of tuition increases for the 10-campus UH system increases that could exceed 45 percent by 2016 Amemiya understands the public’s concern, but also says it’s necessary.

“UH has suffered deep cuts to our public funding, and everything costs more since the last tuition schedule was approved six years ago. We value our faculty, and in order to recruit and retain the best and brightest, we must be competitive in our salaries,” he says.

Amemiya also emphasizes that with the tuition increases there will be appropriate assistance for students.

“Any tuition increase will include an increased amount of financial aid and support for our neediest and most disadvantaged students. That’s imperative, and an important component of any increase.”


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