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May 13, 2013

Think About It: The Hunt and The Wonder

Many of us know the story of "The Hunt For Red October." The plot involves intrigue, people in positions of power involved in assumptions and second-guessing. There are lots of twists and turns and- in good yarn-spinning style- ultimately, there is resolution.

Instead of "The Hunt for Red October", perhaps the University of Hawaii presidential search should be called "The Hunt For Head Octopod", as whoever takes over for departing President Greenwood will have to have many arms flailing in many directions to deal with multiple constituent bases and prying eyes that want to have their say in how things at UH should be run. And just wait until the qualified candidates find out that salary discussions are micro-managed, much like other areas of the supposedly autonomous university.

UH should hunt for the best candidate, and if that best candidate has local knowledge and a local background, that's great, but it's surely not the only pre-requisite required to successfully run the university. Communication skills are a priority, but it's also essential to continue the progress made in research funding, expansion plans, and a good working knowledge of how to dance with political leaders, an unfortunate fact here. Let's hope quality candidates are interested after all that's transpired. No matter who you blame for what, we could sure use a morale boost at UH.  And perhaps UH's next leader can invite Stevie Wonder in as a guest lecturer so that, if nothing else,  we can stop hearing lazy local media always reference his name with the now cliché terms of "Wonder Blunder" and "debacle". After all, blame who you want among the regents, legislature, and UH hierarchy, but Stevie did nothing wrong. Think about it…

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