The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) approved
the appointment of Cynthia Covell as the new Assistant Superintendent of Talent
Management for the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) Office of
Human Resources. As the tenth largest school district in the country, Covell
will oversee HIDOE’s workforce of 22,000 full-time employees, 10,000 substitute
teachers and other casual employees. She will begin on Nov. 13, 2017.
“Cynthia has a track record for being an innovative
leader with an extensive background in human resources, specifically in the
areas of talent acquisition and employee retention, change management and
workforce planning,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “We look
forward to welcoming her to our team.”
is a retired two star Rear Admiral with the United States Navy. She has over 30
years of leadership and human resources (HR) experience with the Department of
Defense (DOD) where she served as the Commander of Navy Personnel Headquarters
and senior HR executive.
her time with the DOD, Covell oversaw a team of 4,000 HR professionals that
provided services to more than 500,000 military and civilian personnel. She
also led remotely dispersed teams overseas in Yokosuka, Japan, and managed
remote offices in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Diego Garcia, Guam and Hawaii.
Covell previously served as the U.S. Navy NATO Representative in Athens, Greece
as well as diversity advisor to the head of the Navy. She
started her career as a communications watch officer serving at the Naval
Communications Area Master Station, Wahiawa, Hawaii.
more information about Covell and HIDOE’s leadership team, click here.