RCUH Executive Director Sylvia Yuen announces retirement

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Dr. Sylvia Yuen

Dr. Sylvia Yuen, executive director of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH) since July 2015, will be leaving her position in June 2020. Established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 1965 as a public instrumentality, RCUH’s volume of business is more than $260 million annually and it has approximately 2,400 employees. “Sylvia is a visionary leader who has brought about transformational changes to the corporation,” said Donna Ikeda, chairperson of the RCUH Board of Directors. “We were very fortunate to have her at the helm of RCUH and are sorry she is retiring.”

Under Dr. Yuen’s leadership, RCUH enhanced its communications by updating and increasing the platforms used to reach a larger audience. Improvements in the corporation’s IT systems led to new functionalities and services such as ePayments, eSign, electronic personnel action forms, and e-document processing, all of which increased efficiency and productivity. Dr. Yuen also greatly expanded training opportunities for staff, recognizing that such training was an ongoing process needed by employees to competently perform in an ever-changing and increasingly technological society. Since 2016, the number of people participating in RCUH training has increased by more than 200%. Clients rate RCUH highly, with 89% of survey respondents indicating they would recommend its services.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with the people at RCUH who are passionate about supporting and enhancing research, development, and training in Hawai‘i,” said Dr. Yuen. “The journey’s not quite over, but our wise and supportive board and wonderful staff can be proud of our accomplishments and what we’ve achieved together.”

The RCUH Board has begun the recruitment for the corporation’s next executive director.