University of Hawaii presidential candidates to visit campuses

David Lassner and Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents announced two finalists in its search for a new president.

The board spent approximately 2.5 hours Thursday morning reviewing a report submitted by the regents’ Committee on Presidential Selection before making a decision.

The first finalist, David Lassner, is already familiar with the job. Lassner has been the university’s interim president since July.

The second finalist is retired Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, former commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific in Fort Shafter.

“Each is qualified to lead the university, but now, the question is, ‘Who would be the best fit? Who would be the best president for the university at this time?'” said Board of Regents Chair John Holzman. “That’s a judgement the board will make after getting input from the public and other stakeholders who are interested in the future of the university and love the university dearly.”

Beginning Tuesday, May 6, finalists for the position of president of the University of Hawaiʻi System will be visiting UH campuses statewide throughout the month of May, participating in campus public forums and meetings with students, faculty, and the community.

Following these visits, the Board of Regents hopes to select a president in June 2014.

Campus public forums will begin on Oʻahu, Tuesday, May 6 through Friday, May 9.

The Oʻahu forums will be followed by public receptions.

The Oʻahu forums and receptions are open to the public and will offer the opportunity to ask questions of the finalists and learn more about their background and experience.  Other business forums and meetings will be scheduled throughout the month to meet community leaders and other constituencies.

The public schedule is as follows:
Interim President David Lassner:
Oʻahu: Wednesday, May 7, 12-1:30 p.m., Leeward Community College; and Friday, May 9, 5-6:30 p.m., UH Mānoa (public reception to follow, 6:30-8 p.m.).
Island of Hawaiʻi : Friday, May 9, 8-10 a.m., University of Hawaiʻi  at Hilo.
Kauaʻi: Thursday, May 8, 5-7 p.m., Kauaʻi Community College.
Maui: Thursday, May 8, 8-10 a.m., Maui College. (Exact locations TBA)

Lt. General Francis Wiercinski:
Oʻahu: Tuesday, May 6, 5-6:30 p.m., UH Mānoa (public reception to follow,
6:30-8 p.m.); and Friday, May 9, 9-11a.m., Leeward Community College.
Island of Hawaiʻi : Friday, May 9, 5-7 p.m., University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
Kauaʻi: Thursday, May 8, 8-10a.m., Kauaʻi Community College.
Maui: Thursday, May 8, 5-7 p.m., Maui College. (Exact locations TBA)

Arrangements are being made to provide free parking, and to live stream the open forums on the internet and to post them in their entirety for later viewing.

An online survey will be available for those who would like to provide feedback on the finalists.  Survey responses will be compiled and provided to the Board of Regents to assist in making its decision.

For more information about the UH presidential search and specific locations of the public appearances, click here.

The university has been without a president since September. Former president M.R.C. Greenwood stepped down two years before her contract was up.

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