Universal Technical Institute Welcomes Shannon Okinaka to its Board of Trustees and Announces Retirement of Kim McWaters as Director


PHOENIX, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a leading provider of transportation and skilled trades education and training, is pleased to welcome Shannon OkinakaExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Airlines, to the UTI Board of Directors effective March 9, 2022. Ms. Okinaka will also be a member of the Audit Committee.

Ms. Okinaka brings more than two decades of finance and accounting leadership experience to UTI. Ms. Okinaka was named executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) in 2015, after serving as vice president and controller of Hawaiian Airlines. Ms. Okinaka joined Hawaiian Airlines as Senior Manager, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance and Special Projects. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Okinaka worked for Hawaiian Electric Company and Coopers & Lybrand/PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Okinaka is a Chartered Accountant. Okinaka also sits on the board of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Honolulu and the Island Insurance Company.

“We are delighted that Shannon has agreed to join the Board of Directors,” said Jerome Grant, CEO of UTI. “His experience in the airline industry and in-depth knowledge of skilled trades and workforce development will be a terrific addition as we expand our program offerings and campuses in the months and years to come. .”

“The airline industry, like many other major industries in United States, needs a skilled workforce. UTI is well positioned to help provide this workforce through its acquisition of MIAT College of Technology,” Okinaka said. “It is an honor to join the UTI Board of Trustees and be part of an organization with a strong focus on student outcomes and alignment. industry needs.”

“We are delighted to welcome Shannon to our Board of Directors and look forward to applying her knowledge of the aviation industry to the strategic decisions we make as we expand our portfolio of educational opportunities,” said Robert De Vincenzinon-executive chairman of the board of directors of UTI.

The company also announces that Kim McWaters plans to retire from the UTI Board of Directors effective March 9, 2022. Ms. McWaters has been with the company for over 37 years, served as a member of the board of directors for 17 years and served as the company’s CEO for 19 years until her retirement from her operating role in 2019. In early 2021, Ms. McWaters joined the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. Celebrating 30 years of community service, Fresh Start provides education, resources and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen our community.

“Those of us who know Kim personally admire her not only for her professional accomplishments, but also for her commitment to helping people in our community,” Grant said. “I want to thank Kim for her dedication to Universal Technical Institute, its students and employees. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Kim in her new role by providing UTI training opportunities to Fresh Start customers.”

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Founded in 1965 and based in Phoenix, the mission of Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) is to serve our students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers. Approximately 250,000 students graduate from one of UTI’s 14 campuses located in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. UTI’s campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Professional Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and its employer-aligned technical education programs are offered under four brands: Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute/Marine Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute and MIAT College. of Technology. For more information and a complete list of all programs offered, please visit www.uti.edu or follow on LinkedIn @UniversalTechnicalInstitute and on Twitter @news_UTI.

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