Central Pacific Bank President Lance Mizumoto will be the new chairman of the state Board of Education, Gov. David Ige announced Monday.
Ige named Mizumoto to the school board in April, for a three-year term that began July 1.
By law the governor appoints the chairman of the nine-member board from among its three at-large members.
The board is charged with forming statewide education policy, adopting student performance standards and assessment models, and monitoring school success.
BOE Chairman Don Horner, who was appointed by former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, announced last week that he would step down July 21 after four years in the position.
"Lance is committed to creating a better future for Hawaii’s students," Ige said in a statement.
"He believes that focusing on students and empowering principals, teachers and staff is the best path to success in our public education system. He is committed to school-based decision making. Lance will be a collaborative leader, one not afraid to tackle the tough issues that get in the way of student achievement."