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Top candidate emerges for Hawaii Community College chancellor post


    Rachel Solemsaas

Rachel Solemsaas is the top candidate to be Hawaii Community College’s next chancellor, the University of Hawaii said Thursday.

The final selection is contingent on approval of the University Board of Regents at its meeting April 21., the UH said in a news release.

The new chancellor will start July 1.

Board of Regents’ Vice President for Community Colleges John F. Morton recommended Solemsaas from a pool of four candidates.

Solemsaas, 50, has been vice president for finance and administrative services at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev. for past four years.

She also worked for about seven years in finance administration at two Seattle-area community colleges and previously, as a principal accountant, a chief financial officer and a financial director in Washington state, according to a UH news release.

She is also president of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Solemsaas was born in the Philippines.

Solemsaas earned a doctorate of education in higher education with emphasis on community college leadership from Washington State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from De La Salle University in Manila.

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