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U. of Hawaii’s Interim Leader Is Chosen to Become Its New President

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents on Monday chose David Lassner, who has served as the system’s interim president since last summer, to become the university’s next president, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The board’s vote culminated a controversial search that had came down to a choice between Mr. Lassner and a retired Army general. Students and faculty members, among others, had criticized the search and the two final candidates it produced, and the president of the Hawaii State Senate had called on the regents to reopen the search.

Mr. Lassner had been vice president for information technology and chief information officer since 2007 before being tapped last summer to serve as interim president after M.R.C. Greenwood announced that she was stepping down.

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