Regents Select Lassner as University of Hawaii President

UH's longtime technology executive and current interim president beat out retired Army Gen. Francis Wiercinski.

·By Alia Wong

After a nearly year-long search, David Lassner was chosen as the new president of the University of Hawaii by the school’s Board of Regents on Monday.

Lassner, UH’s longtime information technology executive, has been serving as the university’s interim president since September 2013.

One of two finalists, he was selected over retired Army Gen. Francis Wiercinski after a tense, two-hour discussion during which regents debated the integrity of the selection process and the two candidates’ qualifications.

Regent John C. Dean hands in his ballot supporting Lassner.

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Did the Board of Regents make the right decision in selecting Lassner?