Hawaii DOE | Superintendent Hayashi appoints deputy superintendents to lead strategy and operations


Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) Superintendent Keith Hayashi has appointed two veteran leaders to help build the Department’s ability to achieve its priorities and goals and mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on students and schools.

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun was named Deputy Superintendent of Strategy and Curt T. Otaguro was named Deputy Superintendent of Operations. Hayashi said assistant superintendents will help the department:

  • Formulate an action plan to meet the needs of our offices and state system, and possibly redesign them, to better collectively support complex areas and schools to create the conditions necessary to facilitate student success,
  • Modernize processes and systems to eliminate redundancy and replace what is obsolete to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and
  • Promote institutional advancement to gain support to build leadership as well as teaching and learning capacity, increase student engagement, and provide students with work-based and problem-based learning opportunities .

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun has been appointed Deputy Superintendent of Strategy and will be responsible for leading, directing and overseeing the Department’s strategic planning, transformation and modernization, and implementation of strategic initiatives.

She joins the Department, having served as Deputy Superintendent of the Office of Strategy, Innovation, and Performance from 2015 to 2017. Oyadomari-Chun most recently served as Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Community College System from the University of Hawaii, where she helped secure and implement over $25 million in grants and contracts for strategic initiatives.

Oyadomari-Chun’s past work also includes serving as vice president of the Hawaii Community Foundation, policy analyst for former Governor Neil Abercrombie, and executive director of Hawaii P-20. She holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in educational administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in government analysis. and public policies.

“Dr. Oyadomari-Chun’s extensive experience in education research, data, policy, program design and implementation, and strategic planning and management will make her an invaluable member of our leadership team as we work to transform our public education system into a high-performing system and ensure that every student has access to the educational opportunities needed to thrive in education and in the workforce,” said the Superintendent Hayashi.

Curt T. Otaguro

Curt T. Otaguro has been appointed Deputy Superintendent of Operations and will be responsible for evaluating and improving the Department’s operations and administrative functions.

Otaguro has served since 2019 as State Comptroller and Director of the Accounting and General Services Department, overseeing the state’s accounting system; repair and maintenance of state-run buildings and land; business technology services; and the planning, design and construction of public works for capital improvement projects.

His past work also includes more than three decades with First Hawaiian Bank, including serving as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President for Digital Banking and Retail Banking for Oahu. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Redlands.

“Mr. Otaguro is well versed in managing a wide range of work in multiple offices statewide. In addition to his work in the public sector, he has extensive experience in private sector modernization efforts “Said Superintendent Hayashi. “Mr. Otaguro’s experience managing a large state executive department and leading the transformation and innovation work of a large institution will make him an invaluable member of our leadership team. as we work to modernize our systems to be highly effective and efficient.

The Board of Education voted on Thursday to approve the appointments and starting salaries at its general meeting. For more details on the recommendations, see here. The appointments take effect from August 22, 2022.

The new deputies are in addition to the existing position of Deputy Superintendent of the Department overseeing academics, held by Heidi Armstrong.

Armstrong was named acting deputy superintendent July 1 after serving as deputy deputy superintendent from April through June to ensure a smooth leadership transition for the Office of the Deputy Superintendent. She brings over 30 years of experience in school, district and state leadership positions, including serving as Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Student Support Services and Complex Area Superintendent for the Campbell Complex Area. -Kapolei.

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