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Office of the Chancellor


Rachel Solemsaas
Rachel Solemsaas

The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for the orderly and proper functioning of Hawaiʻi Community College, and is responsible for carrying out the objectives of the College. Within the rules and regulations of the University of Hawaiʻi System, the Office of the Chancellor:

  • Issues rules and regulations governing the activities of the College.
  • Develops long-range plans for the growth and improvement of the College.
  • Recommends appointments, tenure, leaves, terminations and promotions for all College personnel.
  • Maintains accreditation standards as promulgated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the State Legislature, and other governing bodies.
  • Approves and submits a College budget to the University System.
  • Serves as the College's liaison and representative to the general community including the Hawaiʻi County Government, State Legislators, and other appropriate State and community agencies, and organizations.
  • Assures community involvement and program quality through the establishment of lay advisory bodies to critically review instructional programs, the continuance of a fund raising committee, and the establishment of other committees as needed.

About the Chancellor

Dr. Rachel Solemsaas was appointed chancellor of Hawai‘i Community College in 2016. She previously served as the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada. Prior to that appointment, she was Vice President for Administrative Services at Bellevue College and Vice President for Finance and Operations at Edmonds Community College, both in Washington.

Dr. Solemsaas earned a doctorate of education in higher education with an emphasis on community college leadership from Washington State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from De La Salle University in Manila.

Dr. Solemsaas is serving as Board Director for the American Association of Community College. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 2-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students.