Brigham Young University–Hawaii Student Life Vice President Jonathan Kala Kau announced the appointment of T. James Faustino as the new dean of students. James has served most recently as the director for the Hoʻokele Department for Admissions, Career, & Alumni Services. In conjunction with James's appointment as dean of students, the divisions, services, and personnel under the Hoʻokele Department will transition from Academics to Student Life. James will continue to oversee these areas as part of his responsibilities as dean of students.
Divisions included as part of the Hoʻokele Department are Admissions, Career Services, New Student Experience, Student Recruitment & Alumni Relations, and, most recently, International Student Services and Financial Aid & Scholarship. Melba Latu, who previously served as the dean of students, is now the senior manager for International Student Services. Ara Meha, who previously managed International Student Services, is now the manager of the Office of Honor.
James has worked at Brigham Young University–Hawaii for the past nine years and has over 14 years of experience in higher education. His roles have included student data collection and analysis, strategic enrollment planning, recruitment, admissions, new student experience, experiential learning, student programming, financial aid and scholarship, student success, and alumni relations.
James received a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies with a minor in business from Brigham Young University. He later attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and received a master's degree in engineering management. His professional experience outside of higher education administration involved work in information technology and software development.
James’ genealogy is interwoven with BYU–Hawaii as his parents both attended and retired from this University after 30+ years of service each. He also attended BYU–Hawaii prior to his mission to Brazil Florianopolis. He was born in Kahuku and raised in Hau'ula and is married to Melissa Kenley who originates from Alaska. They are parents to five children. They enjoy raising their family in the community and culture around the University and the ocean.