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Robert Landau to Lead Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

By Loryn Guiffre
Robert Landau to Lead Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

The Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) Board of Directors has named Robert Landau the organization’s new executive director, replacing longtime Executive Director Robert Witt, who is retiring.
Mr. Landau has worked as an educator, principal, superintendent, and director for notable schools across the globe. He most recently was deputy superintendent of the prestigious Singapore American School (SAS) in Singapore. His career has spanned nearly 40 years in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He was chosen as HAIS executive director after an extensive search in and outside of Hawaii.
“We are excited to have someone with Robert Landau’s extensive experience in schools management take over the helm of HAIS,” said Mark Sugimoto, HAIS board president and president of Hanalani School. Mr. Sugimoto also thanked outgoing Executive Director Robert Witt for his 24 years of service to HAIS.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to work for a tremendous and important organization like the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools,” Mr. Landau said. “My first goal is to become familiar with everyone connected to the HAIS network. It will be my distinct honor and privilege to meet those responsible for schools and education in the State of Hawaii.”
Mr. Landau said it is essential that independent schools thrive by working together supporting the needs of each school through strong association values, educational services, and student support systems.
Mr. Landau also congratulated Mr. Witt on his long service to HAIS. “Robert Witt helped build a strong organization with a significant reputation,” he said. “As incoming executive director, I am thankful to him, the staff and the board members—past and present—for their unparalleled support and dedication to HAIS. This organization has been a driving force for both independent and public education in Hawaii and beyond.”
Mr. Landau’s career in education began in Switzerland as a teacher and principal before becoming head of an international school in Indonesia in 1997. He then moved to California where he was the founding director of the International School of Monterey, the first international charter school in the United States.
He became the director of International School of Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999, a position he held for nine years before becoming the director of the Western Academy of Beijing in 2008.
In 2011, Mr. Landau became the education director of the Liger Learning Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a school renowned for offering promising, yet disadvantaged, children educational and leadership opportunities they would not otherwise receive.
On moving from Singapore American School to Hawaii, Mr. Landau offered some parting thoughts: “Hawaii is the perfect place to infuse culture into school curricula and programs,” he said.
“It is our obligation as educational leaders from the 20th century to prepare our students for their journey through the 21st; I look forward to being part of that effort.”

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