LIHUE — Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Dileep Bal has been nominated to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced four nominations — Bal, Simeon Acoba, Peter Hoffmann and Helen Nielsen — on Monday. All are interim appointments that take effect immediately and are subject to state Senate approval.
Bal began working for the Hawaii Department of Health in 2005 as the district health officer for Kauai and as special adviser to the director of the Department on Cancer, Chronic Disease, Tobacco and Nutrition/Obesity.
He was previously served as chief of the Cancer Control Branch within the Department of Health Services in California, where he founded California’s cancer, tobacco and obesity control efforts. Prior to going to California in 1981, he was in Tucson, Arizona, for 10 years, where he was director of the Pima County Health Department.
Born and raised in India, Bal fills the vacant Kauai County seat.
The BOR appointees fill vacancies left by four recent resignations on the 15-member board.