UH Board of Regents conducts final meetings with presidential candidates

The University of Hawaii could have a new president as early as next week.

The UH Board of Regents met Tuesday to hear from the two remaining candidates to become the university’s new president. After the interviews, the regents met in executive session.

A local search committee came up with five potential candidates, but three of them dropped out. That left interim president David Lassner and Frank Wiercinski, a retired lieutenant general with the U.S. Army.

Some critics said the search process was flawed and called for the search to be reopened, but at least one search committee member argued against that.

“It’s entirely possible that if you reopen the search, there are scads of people out there that are very well qualified, who are looking at what’s going on, they’re seeing the public comment and politicians getting involved and starting petitions, two qualified candidates tossed aside and they might feel yeah, this inspires me. I’m going to apply. I don’t think that will be the case,” said Paul Lococo Jr., a search committee member from Leeward Community College.

If the search is not reopened, the Board of Regents is expected to select the new president on Monday, June 2.

A formal vote will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the UH Information Technology Center. The vote will also be open to the public.

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