Misaki Takabayashi recommended becoming the next chancellor of Kapiʻolani Community College

Misaki Takabayashi

Misaki Takabayashi was recommended next Kapiʻolani Community College Chancellor through the Vice President for Community Colleges Erika Lakro to the university of Hawaii president David Lassner. Her effective date of appointment is March 1, 2023.

“DR. Misaki Takabayashi brings global and diverse perspectives through her life experiences, having grown up in Australia and worked in Hilo. Hawaii, and now in Okinawa, Japan. Her multicultural background and dedication to students will enable her to take on a leadership role Kapiʻolani community college to continue as an innovative and exemplary community college as it supports the community and Hawaii‘ Lacro said.

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Currently, Takabayashi serves as Associate Vice President/Vice Dean of Graduate School, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan. Previously, she was Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Chair of Marine Sciences, and Research Associate at AH Hilo. Takabayashi is a marine scientist specializing in the molecular ecology of coral reefs. at AH Hilo, led her Hawaii Island-based research with a number of undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom had transferred from there Kapiʻolani CC STEM Program. She has more than 20 years of university experience.

Hawaii is entering a new era with important lessons learned from the pandemic and new opportunities. Kapiʻolani Community College is the jewel of higher education in Hawaii and will be an important partner in strengthening the future skilled workforce here and abroad,” said Takabayashi. “I am truly honored to have been entrusted with the guidance and support Kapiʻolani Community College in our next chapter. Along with all faculty and staff on campus, I look forward to innovative learning experiences where we bring out the best in each student who is deeply rooted in Hawaiian values ​​and help them kūlia i ka nooreach their full potential of global importance.”

Takabayashi holds a PhD in Philosophy in Marine Sciences from the University of Queensland, Australia; Master of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Sydney, Australia; and Associate of Applied Science in Hawaiian Studies Hawaii Community College.

Kapiʻolani CC Chancellor Louise Pagotto retires December 30, 2022 after nearly 33 years of college and more than 51 years of education.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Education Maria Bautista will be appointed interim Chancellor effective January 3, 2021 and will remain in office until Takabayashi assumes the office of Chancellor. Bautista has filled many key roles at Kapiʻolani CC for more than 34 years. before Kapiʻolani CCBautista has served in various academic roles for more than 15 years AH Mānoa, De La Salle University, Philippines, and University of the Philippines.