Report Title:

UH Hilo; Chancellor

 

Description:

Establishes the office of the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Effective July 1, 2020. (HB1617 HD1)

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1617

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the mission of the University of Hawaii at Hilo has evolved and expanded in recent years from principally an undergraduate teaching institution to one with a significant research focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Accordingly, the university requires the formal establishment of a focal point for the provision, strategic leveraging, and coordination of administrative support services necessary to facilitate the growth and expansion of research efforts at the university as well as the successful application and award of grant funds and other extramural funds to support those research efforts, the research experiences of students, and the stimulation of science and technology businesses in the state.

SECTION 2. Chapter 304A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new subpart to part IV to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

" . RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; VICE CHANCELLOR

304A- Vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Hawaii at Hilo; established. (a) There shall be established at the University of Hawaii at Hilo an office of the vice chancellor for research and economic development.

(b) The office shall serve as the overarching institutional focal point for the coordination of all undergraduate and graduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics mentorship programs and the integration of ongoing and future research projects. A mission of the office shall be to build synergy between the many capacity-building and mentorship programs and support available to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. A further mission of the office shall be to increase the participation of underrepresented cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic groups from the Pacific islands in undergraduate and graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

(c) The office shall be responsible for all budgeting and fiscal aspects of research grants and shall allow both faculty and students to focus their efforts more directly on their research, education, and training. The office shall also be responsible for leading the efforts of the University of Hawaii at Hilo in science and technology economic development, encourage interdisciplinary activities, and foster programs that promote the science and technology economic progress of the state.

(d) The office shall be authorized to include the position of University of Hawaii at Hilo vice chancellor for research and economic development as well as those administrative and technical staff and faculty positions that are within the office budget capacities and needed to fulfill its mission."

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.