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Mid-Pacific Institute selects new Chief Operating Officer

Lesley Kaneshiro will begin her term on October 19

Posted on September 22, 2020 by Julie Funasaki Yuen

Mid-Pacific Institute is pleased to announce that on the recommendation of its Executive Search Committee, the Board of Trustees welcomes Lesley Kaneshiro as its new Chief Operations Officer.

"We are excited about Lesley joining the Mid-Pacific community at a pivotal time in our history," said Dr. Paul Turnbull, president of Mid-Pacific Institute. "Her expert knowledge of finance, operations, and customer service will fit perfectly with Mid-Pacific's 20-year strategic framework: Aspirations. As a former trustee and parent, Lesley understands the Mid-Pacific community and she is ready to join our team of outstanding educators and leaders."

"I am honored and privileged to join the Mid-Pacific ʻOhana and look forward to making a positive contribution to support Mid-Pacific's mission to inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders," said Kaneshiro.

Kaneshiro takes over for Pat Garvey, who in his 26 years as CFO and vice president of operations, spearheaded numerous projects, including the development of the Mike and Sandy Hartley Math, Science, and Technology Complex, as well as the expansion of Mid-Pacific's academic program, when a preschool and elementary campus was added in 2002.

Kaneshiro comes to Mid-Pacific Institute from Pulama Lanai, where she served as the senior vice president of finance, the senior vice president of operations, and the managing director of Lanai Air during her tenure. Her responsibilities included the oversight of multiple business units, including hospitality, restaurants, and residential and commercial property management.

Prior to that, Kaneshiro held executive positions as the CFO and CEO of Island Air. She was credited with improving Island Air's operations and returning the airline to profitability during her tenure.

Kaneshiro returns to Mid-Pacific's Mānoa campus as a former trustee and as the parent of an alumnus, Zack '17, who was a 1st Team ILH Golf All-Star all four years in high school, and who is currently on the golf team at Santa Clara University. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at UH Mānoa, followed by a Master of Business Administration at Chaminade University.