Thompson School Dean’s Finalists Announced, Public Presentations Planned

Alexander Ortega, Michael Spencer and Halaevalu Vakalahi

Three finalists have been identified for the position of Dean of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. Finalists are each scheduled for in-person visits over a two-day period that include meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, internal and external constituents, and a public presentation.

Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend public presentations.

Campus visits for the three candidates have been scheduled as follows:

  • Alexander Ortega, visiting on October 27 and 28, 2022
    Director, Center for Population Health and Community Impact
    Professor of Health Policy
    Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
    Public Presentation: Thursday, October 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Crawford Hall 105
  • Michael Spencervisiting from November 1 to 2, 2022
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Professor of the Presidential Term
    University of Washington School of Social Work
    Director, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Oceanian Affairs
    Aboriginal Wellness Research Institute
    Public Presentation: Tuesday, November 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Crawford Hall 105
  • Halaevalu Vakalahivisiting from November 3 to 4, 2022
    Dean and professor
    College of Health and Society
    Hawaii University of the Pacific
    Public Presentation: Thursday, November 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Crawford Hall 105

“The Research Advisory Committee did a tremendous job identifying these three finalists, and I want to thank them for their time, hard work, and commitment to the research process. We are excited to meet with the candidates as we take these next steps towards identifying the next Dean of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health,” said uh Manoa Provost Michael Bruno. “As always, we encourage UH faculty, staff, students, and the public to come and meet with the nominees, and we look forward to their feedback.”

Following visits and consideration of feedback from the Research Advisory Committee and others, Bruno will make a recommendation on this appointment to uh President David Lasner.

For more information on the search process, including a list of search advisory committee members, daily schedules, and candidate biographies, see the search website. Community members can provide research feedback via the link on this page.

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