This is old news by now, but I thought I'd blog about it anyway.
Yesterday, President Hinckley announced that the new president of BYU-Hawaii will be Dr. Stephen C. Wheelwright. He will be replacing President Shumway, who is retiring to become the president of the Tonga Temple.
I was a bit sad to hear about President Shumway's retirement, but I know of his very deep love for the Tongan people, and I know this will be a fantastic move for them. President Shumway will be a great Temple President, and I can't thing of anyone better suited as a Temple Matron than Sister Shumway!
I've known the Shumways for nearly thirty years now(!), and it will be odd to think of Laie without them there.
The little I know about President Wheelwright comes from his bio and the video announcing his appointment. His professional credentials are certainly strong, and he seems like a good man. Only time will tell, but I get the feeling he will be wise and humble enough to recognize and work with, rather than against, the unique culture and atmosphere that makes BYU-Hawaii what it is.
I wish both Presidents (and their wives) the very best in their new positions.