Finalist List for Hawai‘i County UH Board of Regents

March 10, 2017, 8:41 AM HST
* Updated March 10, 8:44 AM
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The Candidate Advisory Council for the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents has presented a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill a Hawaiʻi County seat vacancy due to the resignation of Regent Barry Mizuno, who passed away several months after his resignation.

The appointment begins immediately, subject to confirmation by the Hawaiʻi State Senate, and ends on June 30, 2018.

The finalists for this seat are:

  • William C. Bergin
  • Douglas T. Shinsato
  • Douglas A. Simons
  • Harvey S. Tajiri

Finalist biographies are available online.

The CAC began accepting applications to fill this vacancy in early fall by recruiting individuals and contacting and encouraging government, business and community leaders to nominate candidates. The council also placed print advertisements and issued news releases encouraging applications.


All applications were thoroughly and comprehensively reviewed and screened by all CAC members. The council is statutorily responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, accepting and screening applications, interviewing candidates and submitting to the governor the names of nominees willing to serve as regents of the University of Hawai’i System, which is a voluntary non-compensated public appointment.


Candidate lists are compiled after a comprehensive review and selection process, which is solely and exclusively merit-based, and conducted according to procedures set forth in state statutes and the council’s administrative rules.

“The Candidate Advisory Council expresses its deepest gratitude to the residents of Hawai‘i County who took the time to apply to serve as a University of Hawai’i regent,” said Chair Brigitte Yoshino.

The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Hawai‘i and consists of 15 members.


Representation includes seven from the City and County of Honolulu; two  from Hawai‘i County; two from Maui County; one  from Kauaʻi County; two  At Large; and one University of Hawai‘i student.

Members of the CAC serve voluntarily and are not paid.

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