From a University of Hawaii press release:
Dr. Rockne Freitas, currently vice president for student affairs and university and community relations for the University of Hawaii System, has been named chancellor of the University of Hawaii – West Oahu (UHWO) for a three-year term following the retirement of UH West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni. The University of Hawaii Board of Regents confirmed Freitas’ appointment during a public meeting held at UH Hilo on Feb. 21. Freitas is the first native Hawaiian to lead a baccalaureate campus …
Freitas has served as the vice president for student affairs and university and community relations for the University of Hawaii System since 2010. Prior to that he was named chancellor of Hawaii Community College in August 2004, serving as the chief executive of the main campus in Hilo and its University of Hawaii Center in West Hawaii. He also served as vice president and executive director of the Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and has held leadership positions at Kamehameha Schools and GRG Enterprises. He previously served as vice president for university relations for the UH system and associate athletic director for UH Manoa. Freitas played in the NFL for 11 years and was a three-time All-Pro. He has been inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame and the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame. He is a member of the All-Time All Pacific Northwest Football Team. Freitas also served as a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Freitas holds doctoral and master’s degrees in education from UH Manoa and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oregon State University. His doctoral research focused on developmental systems and guidelines for drug prevention, education, monitoring and counseling for intercollegiate athletics.
Courtesy of hawaii.edu
— Alia Wong