Computer center director tapped for UH Regents seat

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has nominated Eugene Bal III, the executive director of the Maui High Performance Computing Center, to serve in one of two Maui County seats on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, according to an announcement from the governor’s office.

The nominations of Bal and two others are subject to confirmation by the state Senate. If confirmed, Bal would replace Maui County Regent Artemio Baxa.

Bal has been head of the computing center in Kihei for the last 16 years. Before that, the U.S. Naval Academy graduate was in the Navy for 25 years, 10 years as a combat flier and retiring as a captain.

Bal also worked in the Navy’s program management and acquisition sectors, serving in positions such as aerospace duty officer and department head for systems and software research and development. He earned a master of science degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

He also is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the Advance Executive Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

The governor’s other nominees are Barry Mizuno to a Hawaii County seat and Randolph Moore to an at-large seat vacated by Michael Dahilig, who resigned before his term is to end July 1. If confirmed, Moore would begin his term immediately and begin a new term at the end of Dahilig’s tenure.

Bal and Mizuno would begin their appointments July 1.

Mizuno is a retired private energy consultant and former manager for Puna Geothermal Venture. Moore is a retired business executive, middle-school teacher and Department of Education administrator.

Abercrombie said his nominees have “exceptionally strong leadership qualities and expertise to guide the University of Hawaii system to its full potential.”

The nominees were picked from a list of potential appointees provided to the governor by the Regents Candidate Advisory Council.

The 15-member Board of Regents sets policy and oversees the university system through UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. Maui County’s other regent is Saedene Ota. Her term ends in 2015.

Ota owns Sae Design, a graphics firm focusing on strategic marketing and communication graphics, and Maui Thing, a lifestyle apparel store in Wailuku.