Governor Selects Bal for UH Regents Maui Seat

March 19, 2013, 2:02 PM HST · Updated March 19, 2:25 PM
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Gene Bal, courtesy photo UH.

Eugene Bal III, courtesy State of Hawai’i, Office of the Governor.

By Wendy Osher

The governor announced the selection today of Eugene Bal III as his pick for the Maui seat on the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents.

Ball served for the past 16 years as executive director of the Maui High Performance Computing Center, and is a retired US Navy captain.

His 25 years of service in the US Navy reportedly included a decade of combat flying and time as a chief engineer for the development and acquisition of avionic systems, according to the governor’s office.

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In addition to graduation from the US Naval Academy, Bal also earned a Master of Science degree from the US Naval Postgraduate School.

Bal was selected by Abercrombie from a list of nominations provided by the Regents Candidate Advisory Council.

Barry Mizuno, photo courtesy State of Hawai'i, Office of the Governor.

Barry Mizuno, photo courtesy State of Hawai’i, Office of the Governor.

Other individuals that were on the list of Maui finalists that the governor chose from were:  Artemio C. Baxa who currently holds the Maui seat on the UH Regents (his term will end on June 30); and Wailuku Attorney Georgia K. McMillen.

The governor also announced his selection of Barry T. Mizuno for the UH Regent seat for Hawai’i County, and Randolph A. Moore to the At-Large seat on the UH Board of Regents.

“These nominees have exceptionally strong leadership qualities and the experience and expertise to guide the University of Hawaii System to its full potential,” said Abercrombie in a news release today.

Randy Moore. Photo courtesy State of Hawai'i, Office of the Governor.

Randy Moore. Photo courtesy State of Hawai’i, Office of the Governor.

“As a UH alumnus, I understand the critical role the university plays in our state economy and the opportunity it provides for students and researchers. These appointees are fully committed to resolving the governance challenges currently at issue. They know the UH System needs and deserves our support,” he said.

Combined with his naval career, Bal reportedly has more than 40 years of experience in leadership roles, managing all aspects of complex scientific, technical and engineering programs, according to the governor’s office.

Bal’s term is effective July 1, 2013, pending state Senate confirmation.

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