Chancellor search suspended

HONOLULU — The search for a new chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is on hold. UH President David Lassner recommended suspending the search for two years after the Search Advisory Committee and Lassner couldn’t choose a suitable candidate.

“Based on the committee’s assessments, with which I am in full agreement after my own meetings with the finalists, I am unable to recommend a new chancellor at this time,” Lassner said in an email to UH students Wednesday morning.

Lassner plans to continue his role as interim chancellor and university president.

The failed nationwide search yielded three finalists, each from the mainland. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Lauren Robel, executive vice president and provost at Indiana University Bloomington and John Valery White, acting chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education were the finalists.

A two-year suspended search is necessary, according to Lassner, so that campus leadership can have more time to decide how to fill the chancellor position after Robert Bley-Vroman, the former interim chancellor, declined.

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