University of Hawaii President David Lassner announced today that he plans on recommending that the Board of Regents appoint the dean of the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature as interim chancellor of UH Manoa.
Robert Bley-Vroman has served as a faculty member at UH Manoa since 1987.
UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple was recently dismissed in a dramatic upheaval that has garnered widespread criticism from faculty members and students.
Under a settlement, Apple will remain at UH Manoa as a chemistry professor, a job he starts on Sept. 1.
“It is now time to look forward to stabilize UH Mānoa finances and operations for its future as Hawaiʻi’s only research university, the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi System,” Lassner said in a statement.
Lassner said he selected Bley-Vroman after getting feedback from various stakeholders including the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, the Kualii Council and the Council of Deans and the Vice Chancellor.
He’ll be recommending the appointment of Bley-Vroman on Aug. 21. The interim position would become effective Sept. 1.
According to Lassner, Bley-Vroman “leads a vibrant high-quality program of teaching and research while navigating the financial challenges faced by the campus on a daily basis.”
Here’s a link to his resume.
More from Lassner’s statement:
Dr. Bley-Vroman is committed to maintaining the high standard for campus communications that our students and faculty have made it clear they expect and that we all believe they deserve. We have also discussed key immediate and short-term activities that are necessary.
First, Dr. Bley-Vroman will work with the campus community to …