BYU-Hawaii President Keoni Kauwe served as chair of the biology department and dean of graduate studies at Brigham Young University. He is an internationally recognized researcher who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease genetics. He has deep roots in Hawaii; spent several years of his childhood on the islands of Kaua’i, O’ahu, and Moloka’i; and graduated from Moloka’i High School. He was appointed as President of BYU-Hawaii in July of 2020.