In search of a UH chan­cel­lor, even­tu­ally

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

How long can the Univer­sity of Hawaii at Manoa go without a chan­cel­lor? At least two years, ac­cord­ing to UH Pres­i­dent David Lass­ner, who wants the can­di­date search sus­pended dur­ing that time while he works to make Manoa “even greater than it is to­day.” A re­cent search con­cluded with the fi­nal­ist turn­ing down the job.

In the mean­time, Lass­ner will con­tinue to be both UH pres­i­dent and the in­terim Manoa chan­cel­lor, which raises the peren­nial ques­tion: Does UH-Manoa re­ally need a chan­cel­lor? Lass­ner says yes, that the pres­i­dency and the chan­cel­lor­ship are two “dis­tinct, large and dif­fi­cult jobs.” If that’s so, one must won­der how he can do both jobs for two more years — and what might be left un­done as a re­sult.


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