HONOLULU — The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) announced Nov. 15 that Carole Hayashino has been appointed by the Board of Directors to lead the center as its new president and executive director effective Jan. 9, 2012.
She will oversee the 24-year-old non-profit organization, which educates current and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience with exhibits, programs, educational seminars, research, and festivals.
A search was initiated in August when current JCCH President/Executive Director Lenny Yajima Andrew announced that she will retire.
“We were fortunate to receive interest from a broad range of highly qualified applicants,” said Curt Otaguro, chairman of the JCCH Board of Directors and chairman of the search committee. “Carole’s extensive involvement and knowledge of the Japanese American communities and her background as a development officer impressed the search committee.”
Hayashino currently serves as vice president for university advancement at California State University Sacramento, where she oversees the external relations of the university, including private giving, alumni relations, university marketing and publications. She also serves on the boards of the University Foundation at Sacramento State, Sacramento State Alumni Association, and Capital Public Radio.
“The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii is well recognized as the source of Japanese American experiences and I am humbled to accept this position,” said Hayashino. “I am excited to begin working with the staff, volunteers, members and the community to continue the programs, exhibits, research and especially the educational tours of the elementary school children.”
“The search committee was tasked to find the candidate who would continue the mission of the cultural center, by connecting to the community, expanding our programs, and celebrating our vibrant history,” said Otaguro. “Carole brings these attributes to the center along with the capability to bridge to other partners on the West Coast and beyond.”
Hayashino also served as associate director of the National Japanese American Citizens League in San Francisco and was involved in the national legislative effort for redress for Americans of Japanese ancestry interned during World War II.
Hayashino earned her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University and graduate degree in educational administration at the University of San Francisco.
Elected to the Marin Community College District Board in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, Hayashino is completing her second term as a community college trustee. She is a member and supporter to many Bay Area non-profit organizations, including the Marin Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, and Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus Institute.
Hayashino is involved in teaching the lessons and legacies of the Japanese American internment in her role as a member of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program’s Advisory Board in the State Librarian’s Office.
She has been awarded the Marin County Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, Special Appreciation Award from the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Leadership Award from the JCCCNC, the Community Ally Award from the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, and the Carol Hisatomi Asian Women’s Leadership Award.
Hayashino, a Sansei, and is married to Kyle Tatsumoto, who was born and raised on the Windward side of Oahu. Their son, Kenso, completed undergraduate school at University of California Davis and graduate studies at Sacramento State; their daughter, Ali, is a 2007 graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
Hayashino and Andrew will work together to ensure a seamless transition.
Founded on May 28, 1987, the JCCH celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. It has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. It features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dojo, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a gift shop. For more information, call (808) 945-7633, email [email protected] or visit the website at www.jcch.com.
CSUS President Alexander Gonzalez announced Hayashino’s departure on Nov. 15 in a message to campus.
“Vice President Hayashino has served our university with distinction, and she has done terrific work. But she was offered her ‘dream job,’ and the position will allow her to be closer to family in Hawaii,” Gonzalez said.
Hayashino will remain at Sacramento State through the end of the semester.
“I am proud to have served Sacramento State during such a transformative period in the university’s history,” Hayashino said. “Destination 2010 was a rallying point for our entire community, and I’ve enjoyed seeing all the positive changes brought about by President Gonzalez.”
Sacramento State raised unprecedented levels of private donations for scholarships, academic programs and other projects during Hayashino’s tenure. She also implemented Sacramento State’s $1.8 million campaign for teaching equipment in the School of Nursing’s state-of-the-art labs in Folsom Hall. The campaign was announced by Gonzalez in September.
Gonzalez is working with Hayashino on a transition plan until the search begins for a permanent replacement.
“I will miss working with my colleagues as well as the university’s dedicated alumni and volunteers,” Hayashino said.
Hayashino was also responsible for Sacramento State’s commencement ceremonies, which take place twice a year.
“Every semester, I had the privilege of putting together our graduation ceremonies and seeing thousands of students and their families celebrating the realization of their dreams,” she said. “That is a feeling I will always remember.”