Presidential Search

Punahou School’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mike Latham ’86 as the School’s 17th president. Latham will join the School in the summer of 2019, upon the retirement of Dr. James Scott ’70, who has led Punahou since 1994. Latham comes to Punahou from an accomplished academic career as an educator and teacher. He is currently serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Grinnell College in Iowa, an outstanding national liberal arts college widely known for its innovative, inquiry-led curriculum.

Read the official announcement from Board Chair Ethan Abbott ’72, Presidential Search Committee Chair Mark Fukunaga ’74 and Vice Chair Debbie Berger ’82, and news release.

On May 2, 2017 President James Kapaeali‘i Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year in 2019. Punahou School has embarked on a search for its 17th president, aiming to build on the enduring vision and trajectory achieved under President Scott’s leadership.

Search Committee

Mark Fukunaga ’74 P’08
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Punahou School Trustee
Chairman and CEO, Servco Pacific Inc.

Deborah K. Berger ’82 P’19 P’22
Vice Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Punahou School Trustee
Founder, Unbound Philanthropy
Chair, The Learning Coalition

Ethan D. B. Abbott ’72 P’99 P’02 P’06
Punahou School Trustee
Attorney and Financial Planner

Wendy B. Crabb P’97 P’99 P’10
Punahou School Trustee
Business Executive and Community Volunteer

Dr. Holly Greenwell ’86
Academy English Department Head

Duncan MacNaughton ’62 P’87 P’97
Punahou School Trustee
CEO, The MacNaughton Group

Dr. Chase Mitsuda ’98 P’30
Junior School Assistant Principal – Dean of Faculty

Michael A. Pietsch ’64 P’93 P’96 P’00
Punahou School Trustee
President, Title Guaranty of Hawai‘i

Jeffrey N. Watanabe P’91 P’92 P’97 P’00
Punahou School Trustee
Watanabe Ing LLP

Kathleen Sullivan ’75 Wo P’02 P’04 P’08
Punahou School Trustee
Business Executive and Community Volunteer

Dr. Gregory K. Yim ’80 P’10 P’12 P’15
Punahou School Trustee
Gregory K. Yim, MD LLC

Search Firm

The Search Committee, as its first step, has selected Spencer Stuart as the consulting firm to conduct a national and international search for candidates. The committee will guide the search process, and work closely with the search firm as candidates are named.

Mary B. Gorman will lead the Spencer Stuart team.  Also supporting the Presidential Search Committee from Spencer Stuart will be: Hypatia Kingsley, Kristine Johnson and Ainsley Milner. 

Listening Meetings

Campus Meetings
For Faculty and Staff

October 3, 2 – 3 p.m., Luke Lecture Hall, Wo International Center
October 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Luke Lecture Hall, Wo International Center

For Parents

October 3, 6 – 7 p.m., Kuaihelani Learning Center, Case Middle School
October 6, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., President's Pavilion
October 7, 7 – 10 a.m., Weinberg Hall 204, Case Middle School

For Alumni and Friends

October 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m., President’s Pavilion
October 7, 8:30 – 10 a.m., President’s Pavilion

Regional Meetings
For Alumni and Friends

Los Angeles, October 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m., ASU California Center
Hong Kong, October 15, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Hong Kong Club
New York City, October 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Homepolish Inc.
Tokyo, October 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Tokyo American Club
Washington D.C., October 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Capitol Hill Club
Singapore, October 22, 3 – 6 p.m., Shangri-La Hotel
Maui, October 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Private residence in Kula
Portland, OR, November 2, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Multnomah Athletic Club
Seattle, November 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Washington Athletic Club
Menlo Park, CA, November 4, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Stanford Park Hotel
San Francisco, November 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Bently Reserve
Denver, November 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Denver Athletic Club
Louisville, CO, November 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Office Evolution


This Presidential Search Survey Results document a synthesis of over 3,300 responses to the online survey which ran from October 20 – November 3.

Though not the whole picture, the responses provide some context for the Position Specification.

Position and Candidate Specification

The Position and Candidate Specification will be used to recruit qualified candidates, to describe the opportunity and to define the leadership skills we seek to guide Punahou into the future.


If you know someone who you believe would be an appropriate candidate, you may submit a confidential nomination for consideration by contacting:

Spencer Stuart

Mark Fukunaga ’74
Search Committee Chair

“For only the fourth time since WWII, Punahou is embarking on the selection of its next President. We look forward to a rigorous search process, and to ultimately welcoming a President who can build on the legacy of Jim Scott '70. I encourage you to check this site regularly for information and news.”