Vice Chancellor for Administration
Donna Kiyosaki has served as the Vice Chancellor for Administration at the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu since July 2011. She provides executive leadership in assisting the Chancellor with overall strategic planning, organization, and oversight of administrative programs at the University. As the chief administrative and financial officer, Kiyosaki oversees the campus budget; human resources and employee relations; capital improvement projects; information technology and computing services; facilities management; security; parking; auxiliary services; and environmental health and safety. In 2012, she led the University’s successful transition from the Pearl City campus to UH West Oʻahu’s state-of-the-art, permanent campus in the City of Kapolei.
Kiyosaki was previously the Senior Vice President of Development for Waimana Enterprises, Inc. where she was responsible for new business opportunities focusing on the development of energy, water, and telecommunications infrastructure. Prior to Waimana, she served for eight years as the Deputy Manager of the Board of Water Supply (BWS), City and County of Honolulu. In her capacity as Deputy Manager, Kiyosaki functioned as the Chief Operating Officer for the BWS managing a staff of over 600 employees, with an annual operating budget of 100 million and an annual capital budget of 120 million. She provided executive leadership for the BWS's strategic initiatives, including its change management program to improve efficiency and organizational effectiveness, its expansion plan to acquire military and private water systems and to become a purveyor of recycled water, its technology program that implemented major enterprise-wide, integrated financial, asset management, and work order computer systems, and its community partnership and collaboration programs to develop ahupuaʻa-based watershed management plans. Kiyosaki was also Chair of the Investment Committee and was instrumental in securing a “AA” rating from bond agencies based on the financial sustainability of the BWS.
Kiyosaki has also served as the Director and Chief Engineer of the Department of Public Works for the County of Hawaiʻi where she was responsible for the island’s infrastructure network including, roads, bridges, buildings, drainage, traffic, wastewater and solid waste facilities. She also worked for the Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company in Hilo where she headed the civil engineering section and integrated resource planning program, and developed capital and operating budgets for the company.
Kiyosaki has over 37 years of experience in administration and engineering positions. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including the State Water Resource Commission, the American Waterworks Association, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (on the Board of Directors), the State Task Force on Solid Waste Management, and the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology Development. Kiyosaki earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Stanford University and is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of Hawaiʻi.