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UH committee narrows field in selection of presidential search firm

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:39 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2013

The University of Hawaii did not select an executive search firm Tuesday as planned to help with recruiting presidential candidates but said it will ask three finalist firms to make in-person presentations over the next two weeks.

The Board of Regents' presidential search committee had sent bid invitations to about 40 search firms earlier this month. Bids were due back Oct. 18 and the committee was expected to make a selection at its meeting today.

But the committee "concluded that further discussion was required with the finalists we identified, and that discussion should occur in person," Regent Carl Carlson, the committee's chairman, said in a statement. "We've asked the firms to show their commitment to the process and belief in their own excellence by coming to present to us at their own expense here in Hawaii. We will make a final decision as soon as possible after these presentations have taken place."

UH said the names of the three finalist firms will not be made public "so as to maintain confidentiality and to protect the proprietary nature of the firms' strategies, concepts, database strength and expertise."

The winning bidder and contract price will be disclosed when an agreement is reached. UH has said it expects to spend an estimated $75,000 to $125,000 on a search firm, according to procurement documents.

The regents in July named its chief information officer, David Lassner, interim president of the 10-campus system. He took the reins from M.R.C. Greenwood, who announced in May that she would retire at the end of August to spend more time with family and deal with health problems.

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rytsuru wrote:
Isn't it strange that people who are entrusted to run the UH system, selected to do so because of their various credentials and professional expertise, need an outside firm to pick the new president??? They have been using headhunting firms in the past and the heads that have been hunted weren't so good...can we locals just say.."maybe we have enough smarts to pick our own leader" rather than defer COMPLETELY AND REPEATEDLY TO MAINLAND "CONSULTANTS"??!!
on October 29,2013 | 04:49PM
Skyler wrote:
Call Stevie Wonder's agent - he'll do it for $200K. Heck, Stevie Wonder might do it himself if you ask reeeeeal nice-like.
on October 29,2013 | 07:09PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Perhaps they need a consultant to help them choose an search firm consultant? These people are first class *idiots*.
on October 29,2013 | 07:46PM
Nevadan wrote:
Waste of time and money. Professors and students can do a better job for free.
on October 29,2013 | 08:08PM
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