Lassner to recommend languages dean as UH-Manoa interim chancellor

Robert Bley-Vroman

University of Hawaii president David Lassner has revealed his pick for interim chancellor at the university’s Manoa campus.

In a statement, Lassner said he plans to recommend to the Board of Regents that Dr. Robert Bley-Vroman be appointed to the position, effective September 1.

Bley-Vroman currently serves as Dean of the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature and has been a faculty member at UH-Manoa since 1987.

“Dr. Bley-Vroman is committed to maintaining the high standard for campus communications that our students and faculty have made it clear they expect and that we all believe they deserve,” Lassner said. “We have also discussed key immediate and short-term activities that he will undertake and I will support.”

Bley-Vroman would take over for outgoing chancellor Tom Apple, who was fired from the position last month for what the school called a less than satisfactory performance.

Under a settlement, Apple will become a chemistry professor at the university.

Lassner stressed that Bley-Vroman did not seek the position.

Lassner said the decision was made after consulting with campus constituencies, including the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, the Graduate Student Organization, the Kualii Council, the University of Hawaii Association of Research Investigators (UHARI) leadership, the Council of Deans and the Vice Chancellors.

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