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UH closer to naming one of two finalists as new presidentUPDATED 10:58 PM HST May 03, 2014Video Transcript
Young. The search for the new University of Hawaii president-- now neck and neck. A final report -- released today-- by the UH Presidential selection committee-- explains the process that led to the naming of current interim president David Lassner AND Former Lieutenant General Francis Wiercinski ger-zin-ski as finalists. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa has tonights top story. The report says 60 applications were whittled down to 5. 2 finalists immediately withdrew, another took himself out of the running later. Lassner was praised for his knowledge of Hawaii and the UH system. He also claimed a good working relationship with the governor and legislature. He was nominated by 13 UH-Manoa deans, among others. Wiercinski was acknowledged for HIS experience with managing and leading large complex organizations. He stated his tendency is to decentralize and delegate. The report says the committee looked for strong leadership, managerial, and communication skills--and familiarity with Hawaii. The finalists will be making visits to all campuses before the end of the spring semester. The community is advised to provide feedback on the nominees. Nana Ohkawa KITV4news. The two finalists will visit UH Campuses statewide throughout May. Public forums begin on Oahu May 6th and move to the Hilo campus... then Kauai community college, and finally Maui college. The forums are open to the public. The UH president will be selected in June.