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Chancellor Maenette Benham

Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-BenhamChancellor Maenette Benham

Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham began serving as University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu chancellor on January 1, 2017. A kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) scholar and teacher, Benham previously served as the inaugural dean of the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa (2008-2016).

A Kamehameha Schools graduate, Benham began her teaching career in 1978 teaching grades K–12 in California, Texas and Hawaiʻi (Kaiser High School and Kamehameha Schools). She earned her doctoral degree from UH Mānoa in 1992 and joined the College of Education faculty at Michigan State University in 1993. Among her notable accomplishments, Benham was the lead author of the White House Paper on the Tribal Colleges and Universities: A Trust Responsibility (2004)  submitted to the U.S. President’s Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities. She is author, co-author, editor of 5 books and numerous published articles, book chapters and technical reports.

Benham’s work on alternative frames of leadership and issues of education is nationally and internationally respected. She has been an invited speaker and presenter in Europe and South East Asia and the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. She covers a range of topics from program planning and assessment/evaluation, school change, leadership development, building school-community partnerships and professional ethics.

Benham is dedicated to school/university in community and community in school/university, working extensively with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on youth, education, and community collective leadership initiatives. This included their national initiatives: Native American Higher Education Initiative, Kellogg Leadership for Collective Change, and Collective Leadership for Engaged Communities. She has served on community boards including the Waiʻanae Community Redevelopment Corp./MAʻO and the Kohala Center. She currently sits on the Mānoa Heritage Center and Kualiʻi Foundation, The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, the Queen’s Health Systems and Queen’s Medical Center, the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, Awaiaulu, and the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation.

Maenette Benham is married to Robert Benham and has 2 children, Kaʻimi and Kiana.

Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-BenhamChancellor Maenette Benham

Ua hoʻomaka ʻo Poʻo Kula Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham ma ke Kulanui ʻo Hawaiʻi ma Oʻahu Komohana ma Ianuali 1, 2017. He ʻōiwi Hawaiʻi ʻo ia i komo i ka ʻimi naʻauao a me ke aʻo ʻana ma mua o kona noho ʻana ʻo ia ke poʻo mua loa o Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge ma ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa i nā makahiki 2008-2016.

Puka ʻo ia i nā Kula o Kamehameha a lilo i kumu i 1978 no ka mālaaʻo a i ka papa 12 ma Kaleponi, Kekeka, a ma Hawaiʻi nei ma Kaiser a me ko Kamehameha. Paʻa ke kēkelē kauka iā ia i 1992 ma Mānoa a laila komo ʻo ia i ke Kōleke Kālaiʻike ma ke Kulanui ʻo Michigan Mokuʻāina ma 1993 ma ke ʻano he polopeka. I loko o kāna mau hana he nui, ʻO Benham ka mea kākau mua o ka White House Paper ʻo Tribal Colleges and Universities: A Trust Responsibility (2004) no ka U.S. President’s Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities. Ua kākau, kākau pakanā, a hoʻoponopono ʻo ia i 5 mau puke a mau ʻatikala, mokuna puke, a palapala loea.

ʻO kāna hana ma nā ʻano hana alakaʻi maʻa mau ʻole a me nā nīnau kālaiʻike ua mahalo ʻia mai ʻAmelika a i nā ʻāina ʻē. Kono ʻia ʻo ia e haʻiʻōlelo ma ʻEulopa a ʻĀkia Hema a ma ka World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education kekahi. ʻŌlelo ʻo ia no nā kumuhana like ʻole mai ka hoʻolālā polokalamu a me ka loiloi/ana, ka lolina kula, ka hoʻoikaika alakaʻi, ke kūkulu pakanā kula-kaiāulu, a me ka hana kūpono ma ka ʻoihana.

He mea nui iā ia ka pili ma waena o ke kula a me ke kaiāulu: ka hiki iā kekahi ke komo a e hoʻoikaika i kekahi me nā mākau a ʻike kūpono, e like me kāna hana nui me ka W. K. Kellogg Foundation no nā kumuhana i pili i nā ʻōpio, ke kālaiʻike, a me nā papahana i alakaʻi ʻia e ka lehulehu o kekahi kaiāulu e laʻa me ka lākou mau papahana kaumokuʻāina: Native American Higher Education Initiative, Kellogg Leadership for Collective Change, and Collective Leadership for Engaged Communities. E noho ana ʻo ia ma nā papa alakaʻi kaiāulu ʻo ka Waiʻanae Community Redevelopment Corp./MAʻO a me ke Kohala Center. Ke noho nei ʻo ia ma ka Mānoa Heritage Center a me ke Kualiʻi Foundation, The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, ke Queen’s Health Systems a me ke Queen’s Medical Center, ka North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, ma Awaiaulu, a me ka Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation.

Ua male ʻo Maenette iā Robert Benham a loaʻa ʻelua keiki iā lāua, ʻo Kaʻimi a me Kiana.

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