The University of Hawaii's new president is David Lassner.
The Board of Regents voted 11 to 2 for Lassner over retired Army Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski Monday. Two regents abstained from voting.
Lassner is currently serving as UH's interim president. He was appointed to the position in September after M.R.C. Greenwood said she would step down to deal with health problems and spend more time with family. Lassner was vice president for information technology and chief information officer.
Wiercinski retired after a 34-year Army career, including two years leading U.S. Army Pacific. Some opposed his military background, and say he didn't have the qualifications to lead a public education institution.
Wiercinski released a statement shortly after the announcement saying:
"I would like to thank the Board of Regents for the honor and privilege of being a finalist for the critical position of University of Hawaii President. I also want to thank all the Chancellors and their teams, Vice Presidents, Faculty Senate Chairs, Student Caucus leadership, UHPA and HGEA leadership, UH Foundation, Alumni Association, and the BOR’s staff. I will always recall their passion and dedication, and their dignity and respect during our conversations.
"I would like to particularly thank those who nominated me for this position, asked me to serve, and further acknowledge their support and confidence in my leadership abilities. I am in awe of their courage and efforts to move the University forward, and so very grateful for their unyielding support.
"Jeannine and I wish to congratulate David Lassner as he assumes the permanent President’s position. We wish him and the University of Hawaii great success and Aloha."
Now the board is discussing whether to maintain the UH president's proposed annual salary of $375,000.
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