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'Iolani names new dean of studies

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:46 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2013

Karen Neitzel will join 'Iolani School as the new dean of studies effective July 1.

Neitzel is currently the Hood River Valley High School principal in Hood River, Ore., according to Iolani Head of School Dr. Timothy R. Cottrell. 

She was promoted to head the high school after serving as its vice principal in 2008. Recently, she established a Hood River Valley sister school in Xi'an China and was selected to represent Oregon in the 2012-13 U.S.China Administrator Shadow Project.

Prior to Hood River Valley, Neitzel was a senior administrator at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, Calif., where she served as the assistant Head of School after being promoted from academic dean and director of technology.

Neitzel earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego; a master's in Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Irvine/Los Angeles.

She earned her high school diploma from The International School of Brussels. 

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false wrote:
Why? Is there no one in Hawaii who can take the helm? Oh yeah, Hawaii people not good enough.
on April 23,2013 | 11:37AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
come on false. If the other candidates' resumes contained verifiable qualifications and accomplishments superior to this new Dean they'd have the job. I'm just glad they didn't hire someone currently employed by the State DOE or any branch of local government, that would have been a travesty against the kids.
on April 23,2013 | 02:16PM
islandmom wrote:
I think the head of school just came over from the mainland as well, so I guess this is a statement about what the board of directors feels is most important. Time will tell.
on April 23,2013 | 12:12PM
PokeStop wrote:
Iolani is trying to upgrade it's status to that of Punahou!
on April 23,2013 | 01:47PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
education wise Iolani has always been competitive with and in certain areas superior to Punahou, particularly in literacy and communication (the Keables Guide). But as islandmom suggested yes this administrator came over from the mainland, but in all honesty would you hire any employee of the State DOE??
on April 23,2013 | 02:01PM
EricMuraoka wrote:
Too bad Dean of Students Tate Brown is still there. He was sketchy placing a camera in the boys locker room.
on April 23,2013 | 02:41PM
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