The University of Hawaii's Board of Regents has unanimously voted to appoint David Lassner to be the new president of the University. Lassner has been the school's vice president for information technology and the chief information officer since 2007 and has worked at the University of Hawaii since 1977 in various technical and management roles. Lassner will assume the role of University President on September 1, 2013.
David Lassner is inheriting a system which has recently been under a lot of public scrutiny after several major blunders have shaken the public and state's confidence in the university's leadership and had raised questions about its operations and accountability. Lassner stated, "It's an opportunity and, after what UH has gone through, probably an obligation to serve UH and Hawaii. I think we do have healing to do, and that probably starts with listening and establishing trust that people's concerns were heard." Lassner added, "I think the university does a bunch of wonderful things, we graduate students, we do great research, we're working hard to improve the lives of people in every community, and that's what I hope to spend most of my time focusing on. That said, I think we have to be straightforward, I think we have to do what we say we're going to do and we really have to communicate pretty relentlessly about positive things going on rather than dwell on things that have happened in the past."