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Three candidates put forward for UH Board of Regents post

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2013

The Board of Regents' Candidate Advisory Council has submitted three candidates to Gov. Neil Abercrombie to fill, on an interim basis, a vacated Honolulu seat. 

The candidates include: Peter S. Adler, a planner and mediator; attorney Jeffrey S. Portnoy; and Stanford B. C. Yuen, a former special assistant to the Navy Region Hawaii Commander (admiral), according to a news release issued today. 

The interim appointee would serve a term ending on or before June 30, 2014, pending Senate review. Interim appointments take effect immediately and are subject to review when the Senate next comes into session. The appointee will fill the City and County of Honolulu seat held by former regent Eric Martinson who resigned in mid-August.

The Board of Regents -- the University of Hawaii's governing body -- consists of 15 members including: seven from the City and County of Honolulu; two from Hawaii County; two from Maui County; one from Kauai County; two at large; and one UH student. 

Members of the Regents as well as the advisory council serve voluntarily and are not paid for their service. 

Adler is a principal in an international network of professionals specializing in consensus building and cooperative problem solving. From 2002 to 2012 he served as president and CEO of The Keystone Center, which specializes in resolving regulatory and policy conflicts focused on energy, natural resources and public health matters. During this time Adler led teams that helped settle disputes over mining issues in Papua New Guinea and fishing challenges in the Baltic Sea. 

Portnoy has been selected in "Best Lawyers in America" (Hawaii) in legal specialties such as commercial litigation and first amendment insurance, and was selected as the Hawaii Insurance Lawyer of the Year in 2011. Also, he teaches seminars at the UH Richardson School of Law; serves as a member of the "Friends of Richardson School of Law;" and was a community member of the Law School Dean Search Committee. In addition Portnoy has assisted several UH presidents in legal matters. 

Yuen's professional career spans decades in engineering, management, business, and intergovernmental roles in the private and military sector. He is currently president of SLC Consulting, specializing in engineering management and intergovernmental affairs. 

In his role as special assistant to the admiral, Yuen worked with Hawaii's congressional delegation and other Hawaii leaders and military services on projects affecting the Navy and the state.

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Bdpapa wrote:
I'd like to see an ordinary citizen on the board. Not the village idiot but maybe a layman who wants UH to get better.
on November 14,2013 | 07:00PM
hunebasami wrote:
Let's get business people to run UH like a business.....
on November 14,2013 | 09:22PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Interesting selection of candidates - Peter S. Adler - planner and mediator; Jeffrey Portnoy lawyer partner; and Stanford Yuen - former special assistant to the Navy Region Hawaii Commander (admiral) and engineer president.

Current BOR members: Holzman - retired diplomat, Ota - designer owner apparel retail, Lee - law partner, Acido - student, Bal - former IT director, Carlson - real estate consultant, Dean - CEO banker, Gee - retired dean TIM, Kudo -lawyer, Matayoshi - CEO Red Cross and lawyer, Mizuno - geothermal manager, Moore - retired business and DOE exec.

Already has a fair number of lawyers on the Board of Regents. New candidates for the vacant position have one common denominator - pleasing people - a mediator, a lawyer, a special assistant, the latter two - respectively, pleasing his client, and the other , the admiral.

Why doesn"t Abercrombie take a long look at former state auditor Marion Higa? Now, she would really shake things up in terms of bringing the UH system to account. But I don't think she's a jock. Come to think of it, there are NO women candidates being considered!!! Abercrombie have too much of Nancy?

on November 15,2013 | 12:48AM
danji wrote:
We do not need a so called expert and well educated person as recent failure of the UH shows. What the board needs is just an ordinary person who can report to the tax payers what the board is doing with tax payer's moneis. With all the write up of all members education and status in the community they still cannot do their jobs correctly.
on November 15,2013 | 02:45AM
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