2016 Hawaii Revised Statutes
TITLE 18. EDUCATION
304A. University of Hawaii System
304A-104.6 Candidate advisory council for the board of regents of the University of Hawaii.

HI Rev Stat § 304A-104.6 (2016) What's This?

[§304A-104.6] Candidate advisory council for the board of regents of the University of Hawaii. (a) The candidate advisory council for the board of regents of the University of Hawaii shall recruit, evaluate, and present to the governor qualified candidates for nomination to a vacant seat on the board of regents. The candidate advisory council shall be attached to the University of Hawaii for administrative purposes.

(b) The candidate advisory council shall:

(1) Develop and implement a fair and independent procedure for evaluating candidates to serve on the board of regents;

(2) Require candidates and members of their immediate families to disclose any existing or anticipated contracts or financial transactions with the University of Hawaii;

(3) Actively solicit and accept applications from potential candidates;

(4) Evaluate candidates for the board of regents on their background, experience, and potential for discharging the responsibilities of a member of the board of regents, based upon the qualifications imposed by the Hawaii State Constitution; and

(5) Present a list of at least three candidates to the governor for nomination and appointment for each vacant seat on the board of regents of the University of Hawaii.

(c) The candidate advisory council shall initiate the recruitment and evaluation of candidates for each vacancy on the board of regents within:

(1) Sixty days of a vacancy; or

(2) At least one hundred twenty days prior to the expiration of a regent's term.

(d) To provide continuity for the board of regents, the governor may recommend to the candidate advisory council the reappointment of a member of the board of regents, subject to the advice and consent of the senate.

(e) The candidate advisory council shall consist of seven voting members to be appointed without regard to section 26-34 as follows:

(1) One member who shall be appointed by the president of the senate;

(2) One member who shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; and

(3) Five members who shall be appointed by the governor.

A member of the Association of Emeritus Regents of the University of Hawaii, appointed by the chair of the Association of Emeritus Regents of the University of Hawaii, shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the candidate advisory council, for a term not to exceed two years; provided that the appointment shall run concurrently with the term of the appointing chair.

The president of the senate, speaker of the house of representatives, and governor are encouraged to appoint full-time students of the university, university faculty, university staff, or university alumni to the candidate advisory council; provided that if a full-time student is appointed to the candidate advisory council, the student shall have been enrolled as a full-time student for at least three consecutive semesters and shall serve for a term of two years.

(f) Voting members of the candidate advisory council shall serve for the following terms:

(1) Those appointed by the president of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives shall serve for a term of four years; and

(2) Those appointed by the governor shall serve for a term of four years; provided that such appointments shall run concurrently with the term of the appointing governor.

(g) Appointees to the candidate advisory council shall have a general understanding of the purposes of higher education, the mission and strategic goals of the University of Hawaii system, and the role and responsibilities of the board of regents. Appointees shall be individuals who are widely viewed as having placed the broad public interest ahead of special interests, are respected by the community, and are highly qualified to recruit and evaluate candidates for the governor's consideration.

(h) Any member of the candidate advisory council whose term has expired may continue in office as a holdover member until a successor is appointed; provided that a holdover member shall not hold office for more than six months following the expiration of the member's term of office.

(i) A vacancy occurring in the membership of the candidate advisory council during a term shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term thereof by the appointing authority who appointed the member who creates the vacancy.

(j) The candidate advisory council shall operate in a wholly nonpartisan manner. No member of the candidate advisory council shall run for or hold any elected office of the State or any of its political subdivisions while serving on the candidate advisory council. A member of the candidate advisory council shall resign from the candidate advisory council prior to filing nomination papers for an elected office of the State or any of its political subdivisions.

(k) The chairperson of the candidate advisory council shall be elected by a majority of the voting members of the candidate advisory council. A majority of the members to which the candidate advisory council is entitled shall constitute a quorum to conduct business. The concurrence of a majority of the voting members of the candidate advisory council shall be necessary to make any action of the candidate advisory council valid. The candidate advisory council shall meet annually and at other times as necessary. The candidate advisory council shall be exempt from part I of chapter 92.

(l) Members of the candidate advisory council shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses, including travel expenses, necessary for the performance of their duties. [L 2013, c 72, §2]

Note

Regents candidate advisory council; existing members to serve until terms expire. L 2013, c 72, §5.

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