Sitting county regent seeking another term

The sitting Maui County member on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents is seeking another five-year term as the Regents Candidate Advisory Council on Monday released the names of three candidates for the post.

The governor will choose among current regent Artemio C. Baxa, Eugene Bal III and Georgia K. McMillen. The governor’s choice will have to be confirmed by the state Senate.

Baxa, a retired 2nd Circuit judge and currently a Maui deputy prosecutor, may serve a total of two consecutive five-year terms on the board. He became a UH regent in 2008.

His resume includes stints as deputy director of the Department of Human Concerns and as a deputy corporation counsel. An immigrant from the Philippines, Baxa earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law in 1978.

Bal is the executive director of the Maui High Performance Computing Center, a position he has held for last 16 years.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bal spent 25 years in the Navy, 10 years as a combat flier. He later moved into the Navy’s program management and acquisition sectors, serving in such positions as aerospace engineering duty officer and department head for systems and software research and development. Bal also earned a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

He joined MHPCC after his retirement from the Navy as a captain.

McMillen is a Wailuku attorney who has practiced for 25 years and has experience with handling cases involving indigent clients. She has written for the “Hawai’i Bar Journal” and has taught law as an adjunct professor for Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii Maui College.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii-Manoa, she earned her law degree from New York Law School.

The new regent will take office July 1.

The regents advisory council was formed following a voter-approved measure that required the governor to select regent candidates for state Senate approval from a pool of qualified candidates screened and offered by the council. All 15 members currently sitting on the Board of Regents were selected with input from the council.

In addition to the Maui County seat, a Hawaii County seat currently held by Barry Mizuno and an at-large seat that was held by Michael Dahilig, who resigned Jan. 2, also needed to be filled.

The Big Isle candidates are Mizuno and Roy A. Vitousek. The man selected by the governor to fill the at-large seat will begin his term on an interim basis until confirmed by the state Senate. Those candidates are John L. Fink, Randolph A. Moore and Eric A. Seitz.

Members of the Board of Regents, the governing body of the University of Hawaii system, serve voluntarily.