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by Nanea Kalani, Business editor

HPU’s previous director of Admissions, Cherie Andrade, left last July, and the position had been vacant since then, said Larry Kekaulike, associate director of Admissions.

Kekaulike added that the admissions office is excited to have Sato join HPU: “She’s a great fit for us because she’s from Hawai‘i and she’s lived on the mainland,” said Kekaulike. “And the best thing about her is that she’s been doing this for 14 years.”

As the new Director of Admissions, Sato will be in charge of Hawai‘i recruitment and overseeing undergraduate recruitment as a whole.

Sato, originally from Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, attended Menlo College in California where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a minor in business administration. Sato received a master’s degree in higher education administration from California State University at San Jose.

Sato began her admissions career at Menlo College in 1991, and in 1998 was appointed director of Admissions. At Menlo, Sato was responsible for overseeing the recruitment of students from Hawai‘i and the overall operation of the Admissions Office. While Sato was with Menlo College’s admissions office, the school experienced a 300 percent increase in students from Hawai‘i, with Hawai‘i students now accounting for more than 10 percent of the student body, said President Wright.

In May of last year, the Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California presented Sato the Kulia I Ka Nu‘u (Strive for the Summit) Award for “enriching the lives of others through the spirit of aloha.”

Kekaulike and his fellow Associate Directors of Admissions Scott Liedtke will continue to direct the undergraduate admissions office until Sato’s arrival on campus.



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