Governor Ige Names Two to University of Hawaii Board of Trustees


Laurie Tochiki and Gabriel Lee were appointed by Governor David Ige to the University of Hawaii System Board of Trustees. Photos courtesy of the State of Hawaii

Governor David Ige has named bank vice president Gabriel Lee and nonprofit administrator Laurie Tochiki to the University of Hawaii system’s board of trustees. Both appointments are subject to Senate approval.

Lee is the executive vice president of commercial markets at American Savings Bank. He was previously vice president and head of commercial banking at First Hawaiian Bank, and vice president and chief marketing officer at Bank of Hawaiʻi. Lee attended graduate school at Dartmouth College, earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Hawaii, and graduated from St. Louis School.

If confirmed by the state senate, Lee will fill the at-large seat currently held by Benjamin Kudo. The five-year term begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2027.

Tochiki is the executive director of the nonprofit EPIC ʻOhana, which aims to strengthen Hawaii’s families and improve the well-being of children and youth. She also held various positions at the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH.

Tochiki served as a lecturer from 2012-2014 and 2019, Director of Child Welfare Projects from 2005-2012, Associate Dean of Student Services from 1999-2011, and Adjunct and Assistant Professor. She has also served as a legal assistant and coordinator for Kids First with the First Circuit Family Court, a research analyst with the Hawaii State Judiciary, and a teacher at Kapiʻolani Community College.


Tochiki holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from UH’s College of Education, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University Hawaiʻi Campus, a Juris Doctor from UH School of Law, and a a BA from Whitman College in Washington. She graduated from Waipahu High School.


If Tochiki is confirmed by the state senate, she takes the Honolulu City and County seat, now held by Simeon Acoba. His five-year term begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2027.

The Board of Regents is made up of 11 volunteer members who formulate policy and have exclusive jurisdiction over the internal structure, management and operation of the university. Board members are appointed by the Advisory Council of Regent Candidates.


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