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Regents committee says ideal UH president will have Hawaii ties

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 05:14 p.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

The selection committee seeking a permanent replacement for University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood met for the first time this afternoon and said they are hoping to find a candidate with strong Hawaii ties.

UH Regent John Holzman, who chairs the seven-member committee, set up three working groups: one to recommend selection criteria; another to decide what kind of professional help will be needed for the search; and one to help organize outreach efforts with various stakeholder groups.

Holzman said the subgroups will be moving ahead under a “working assumption” that the committee is seeking a candidate with strong Hawaii ties.

“It’s not a decision, but what I would say is a working assumption that makes a lot of sense,” he said. “I think there’s a sense, not just among us, but among a lot of people in this state, that we’re looking for someone who not only appreciates these islands but hopefully will have the experience here, too, and know us as a people … and that’s something that’s hard to find,” he said.

He estimated the search could take six to 10 months.

Greenwood announced her retirement in early May, saying she wants to spend more time with family and deal with health problems. Her contract was set to expire July 31, 2015.

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realist3463 wrote:
Time to find an accomplished business man or woman vice an academic. UH is big business and the academics, except for the government and taxpayers largess, would have driven it into the ground even worse then they have. When the right person is in place, privatize it thereby removing any meddling by the State government. It will then succeed or fail based on its own merits.
on June 19,2013 | 06:11PM
OldDiver wrote:
We are talking about higher education, not a for profit convince store.
on June 19,2013 | 06:32PM
realist3463 wrote:
No,we are talking about the business of educating our children, and it is very big business indeed.
on June 19,2013 | 06:48PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Higher education? What higher education? Been to a UH class lately?
on June 19,2013 | 07:07PM
grantos wrote:
Have you?
on June 20,2013 | 12:17AM
W15 wrote:
and here i thought an "ideal" candidate would be someone with solid credentials and a track record of success, regardless of their Hawaii ties. shouldn't THAT be the primary and over-arching concern? the fact that a candidate has strong Hawaii ties should be a bonus, and not necessarily the leading criteria. or is this just a public relations statement to put out there to appease the masses ...?
on June 19,2013 | 06:32PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
No he/she will need to know how to negotiate around the current Hawaii which seems to have become an Asian banana republic with no morals corruptions etc..
on June 19,2013 | 06:59PM
niimi wrote:
Channeling Fujio Matsuda, hereunto our greatest UH President. Simone was pretty good, too. Since then it has been all downhill.
on June 19,2013 | 06:43PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I watched the whole interview with Holzman and the graduate student and student association president on public television when UHPA sent out the e mail! Duffy was plugging for some general from Hawaii. That will certainly not go down well with Manoa's liberal faculty. The GSA president spent his whole time brownosing Apple! To what end I don't know. Holzman didn't have a clue as to what he was saying or doing! He hadn't even seemed to have read the papers or the comments. They spent their time bashing the print press! This search will be disastrous!
on June 19,2013 | 06:57PM
Bothrops wrote:
Duffy was plugging General Shinseki, local boy from Kauai. Lost part of foot from land mine. Army chief of staff, told Bush iIraq might be a tad more complicated than Rummie thought. Was fired for that. Runs Veterans Admin, which makes Iraq look like a cake walk. He has honor and oublic service.
on June 19,2013 | 10:01PM
Kapaho wrote:
That's good. I'm sure there are competent candidates for the job who live in Hawaii or has Hawaii ties. I couldn't understand the hiring of Dobelle and Greenwood.
on June 19,2013 | 06:57PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
There is no "us" to know as a people! Just a lot of different constituencies ! Holzman doesn't have a clue as to who and what Hawaii is beyond his Waialae country club and Pacific club and outrigger canoe club, Kahala beach front compatriots! Go ask the Phillipino student assoc. Go attend and English or Math 101 class. Know what your constituents are.. Attend a class at a KCC don't just go their to eat at the culinary institute.. Then you'll know what Hawaii needs!
on June 19,2013 | 07:06PM
grantos wrote:
you mean Filipino, right?
on June 20,2013 | 12:19AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Lawmakers want someone from Hawaii that knows the political landscape and how to follow directions when given. Anything less will result in cuts to the UH budget.
on June 19,2013 | 07:55PM
fbiguy wrote:
A sad day for UH. Good candidates are hard enough to find without the BOR arbitrarily eliminating most of them because of dubious criteria. Of course Hawaii culture needs to be understood by a president, but that what mentoring is all about, and the BOR should be helping the selected candidate to learn the culture.
on June 19,2013 | 08:05PM
busterb wrote:
MRC had Hawaii ties, she loves Hawaiian money!
on June 19,2013 | 08:30PM
localguy wrote:
How about a retired military Colonel 0-6 or General 0-7. They have had years of experience in real leadership positions, managed budgets in the millions of dollars, have an advanced degree and unlike past UH President losers, actually know what it is like to lead by example. They know how to put the needs of others before theirs, can spell "Ethics" and live by them. Greenwood was just another money grabbing bureaucrat. Let's find someone who has really been a leader.
on June 19,2013 | 10:24PM
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