The University of Hawaii Board of Regents have nominated two people for the vacant president position.
The two finalists are interim UH President David Lassner and retired Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski.
On Thursday, the regents went into executive session and agreed with the Regents Committee on Presidential Selection's two nominees.
For some, they say they were caught off guard and question the timing.
"This kind of came out of the blue for me," said UH student Claire Yakabe.
"All the students are focusing on finals, tests, class load and job searches. For us seniors and perspective seniors...so they cant get in touch with campus leaders," said Matt Ryan, a UH student.
The Board says the Regent's Presidential Selection Committee's search since January was left it in a good place with two solid finalists.
"Each is qualified to lead the university now the question is who will be the best fit who will be the president for the university at this time," said UH Board of Regents Chair John Holzman.
The regents are going to make an effort to have the public involved with the final decision. The finalist is scheduled to be chosen in early June.
Before Lassner was appointed as interim president on Sept. 1, he was the university's first Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. He was responsible for designing, implementing and directing a new integrated organization to support academic computing, administrative computing, distributed learning technologies and voice, data and video telecommunications. Under his leadership, Information Technology Services provided campuswide technology support for Hawaii's flagship research university, UH-Manoa, and addressed the statewide needs of the University of Hawai'i System, which provides all public higher education in Hawaii through its 10 campuses and 5 education centers on 6 islands.
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General. He retired on June 4. His 34 years of service to the Army included eight years of commanding in the Pacific. He previously served as the Commanding General U.S. Army -- Japan and I Corps (Forward) and as Deputy Commanding General USARPAC.