Sakamoto has worked for the UH in some capacity for 41 years and in his current role as chancellor since 1991.
During his tenure Sakamoto has seen enrollment surge, from 2,346 students in 1990 to 4,076 students in 2013 — a 74 percent increase, according to a press release.
He also oversees a $10 million federal Rural Development Grant and helped secure a $3 million grant for Native Hawaiian scholarships, according to the press release.
Overall, he’s helped bring in $147 million in outside funding since 1997.
“Clyde has been the singular face of higher education on Maui for decades,” said UH Interim President David Lassner in a statement. “He has always been an innovator and visionary, with one example being his pioneering leadership in developing distance learning for the tri-isle Maui County that became a model for UH’s work throughout the State.”
John Morton, vice president of UH community colleges, said he hopes the next chancellor continues Sakamoto’s legacy of service.
Photo: Clyde Sakamoto. (Courtesy of hawaii.edu) …