On Tuesday when the UH AD search committee list was announced I had a few questions for chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman. UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said Bley-Vroman was not available, but Meisenzahl addressed the questions on behalf of UH
DR: The initial reaction, including from me, is that the committee seems light on coaches, athletic administrators.
DM: I can say that we’re not going to comment on who was approached and not approached. The chancellor’s office received a lot of input from the (general) community and UH community as well. We’re really happy with the committee.
Warren Haruki is a successful businessman and longtime supporter. No matter what form the committee took, people would second-guess it, it’s part of the process. We’re happy that we have a committee in place and are ready to move forward. There might be questions and concerns. There’s a lot of deliberation to decide what process to follow. We stand by our decisions and ultimately this will lead to some great candidates and the chancellor will select the best finalist.
DR: What specifically is the responsibility of the committee?
DM: The committee’s responsibility is to come up with a list of finalists. No limit on how long that list will be. We’re expecting a number of candidates. Initially (another UH vetting entity) will go through the applications and make sure they meet minimum qualifications and start paring it down. The advisory committee will come up with a list of finalists and then it is the chancellor’s responsibility to make a selection.
The chancellor is not just expecting a bare list from the committee. He is also expecting the committee’s evaluation of each of the candidates strengths and weaknesses.
DR: The timeline is pretty long, is it firm?
DM: We’re making sure we will have someone in place when Ben Jay will be leaving in June (at the latest). Right now (the plan is in) March we will have finalists coming in for interviews. We’re giving ourselves a wide berth. We can’t stress enough how everyone including the chancellor knows how extremely important this process and decision is.
DR: Since the chancellor is at this time still labeled official interim does that create any problem?
Do we foresee any change in his status soon?
DM: Not that I know of. Whatever happens, that would be the board and recommendation of the president. At this point in time there is no risk. Make no mistake, he is the chancellor of Manoa right now and in power to make these decisions. He is serious about doing whatever is the best for the university moving forward.
There is no difference in authority and responsibility between an interim appointment and a longer-term appointment.