Cheers erupted in the state Capitol auditorium May 17 as emcee Billy V announced the winners of the Governor’s 2019 Outstanding State Employee awards. Governor Ige praised the nominees from every department for being on the front lines to serve the community. “I’m proud of what we’ve done as a team and I’m proud to be your governor,” he said. “I do feel the people of Hawai‘i are the true winners because of the work you do each and every day.” (Go to http://bit.ly/2VMk0Ma for more photos.)
The top winners for 2019, chosen from a field of 54 exceptional state employees, managers and teams, are:
• State Team of the Year: the UH Cancer Center Administrative Leadership Team – Their tireless efforts and combined talents improved the productivity of their units and helped to revitalize the Center to provide access to cutting-edge cancer treatment.
•State Manager of the Year: Dr. Ronald Cambra, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa – Dr. Cambra was honored for his leadership and vision over 40 years, resulting in programs that have received national recognition such as the “15 to Finish” campaign. Because of his efforts, UH Mānoa has doubled its four-year graduation rate.
•State Employee of the Year: Mark Want, energy analyst, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism – Want was praised for helping ensure that the state’s energy infrastructure can withstand catastrophic incidences and handling high-stress emergency environments, especially during the Kīlauea eruption, Hurricane Lane and Hurricane Olivia.