Kearns will serve for two years as interim dean in addition
to carrying out other administrative duties, including ongoing
leadership for general education. His position is understood
to be an interim one, since he is not in a business-related discipline.
“We call him to this task,” Wright said, “because
of his reputation among the faculty as well as his experience
in administration, governance, and planning....He has handled
many projects in a fair and balanced way. He is a goal-oriented
person who works well with people and is deeply committed to
the University’s mission and ethos,” the president
Wright also praised Romig’s administrative
work, and explained that the Center for Business and the Community
is a new initiative to further the position of the University
in Hawai‘i’s business community.