James Scott
Punahou School President


James Scott is a Waimanalo-born Native Hawaiian who has been president of Punahou School since 1994. Scott is the first Punahou graduate to serve as its president. While Punahou has often been stereotyped as the school for Hawaii's privileged class, Scott came from modest beginnings with parents who scraped and sacrificed so that he could attend. He also augmented his tuition by working in the school cafeteria.

In Part One of the conversation, Scott talks with Leslie Wilcox about his memories of Punahou as a student, his vision of the school as its president, his management style, and his thoughts on the changing face of education.

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In the second part of the discussion, Dr. Scott talks about the balance he tries to maintain for Punahou between traditions from the past and innovations for the future and also talks about a Punahou initiative that helps public school students get ready for college and speculates on his future as the school's president.

James Scott

AUDIO (Part One)

AUDIO (Part Two)