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If there was a vote on Friday, only certain names would likely show up on the short list for University of Hawaii President.
All those involved agree it will be a long complicated selection process.
According to sources, Dee Jay Mailer, former head of Kamehameha Schools, is one of those names on the short list. She meets many of the requirements.
“Well, I think the first thing the future president needs to understand is that Hawaii is a community of relationships. No matter how smart you are or what your background is, if you can’t create relationships with people in this community, you cannot succeed,” former Hawaii State Teachers Association head Joan Husted said.
Is there a candidate who can meet those requirements?
“Oh, I’m sure there is out there. I have a particular candidate in mind, I have no idea whether she’d take the job or not,” Husted said.
She just cut the job search in half.
But a former regent told KHON2 Mailer wants to spend more time with her family.
Any other job requirements?
“Somebody basically who can look at the entire state. We’re so isolated out here, but somebody who can carry out, I think, the goals and missions of not only the University of Hawaii but the entire state,” former dean of the UH Educational School Charles Araki said.
MRC Greenwood will retire this summer.
The UH Board of Regents will name an interim president while they search for her permanent replacement.