University of Hawaii

UH chancellor
search down to 2

A pair of chemists are the finalists
to run the Manoa campus

By Treena Shapiro

Two scientists have been tapped as finalists in the search for a permanent University of Hawaii-Manoa chancellor.

Candidates Lynn W. Jelinski and Peter Englert will individually address the university community at public forums on Friday afternoon and meet with student leaders, deans, directors, faculty senators, researchers, senior administrators, UH President Evan Dobelle and interim Manoa Chancellor Deane Neubauer.

Manoa Faculty Senate President Joanne Cooper, who led the 15-member search committee, said the search firm A.T. Kearney Inc. contacted 300 people about the position.

The committee narrowed a field of 50 applicants to six, then unanimously agreed that Jelinski and Englert were the top candidates. Cooper said the committee enthusiastically recommended both to Dobelle.

"We think either one of them will make a wonderful chancellor," she said.

The fact that both candidates hold Ph.D.s in chemistry is coincidental, Cooper said, noting that the committee looked for administrative experience, not academic specialties.

The chancellor reports to Dobelle and is the chief executive for the Manoa campus, responsible for planning and administration, overseeing the campus budget, and coordinating instructional, research and student affairs with campus administrators.

The chancellor's salary is negotiable, but will be upward of $250,000, the median salary for a chancellor of a Research I university, according to UH spokesman Paul Costello.

Dobelle, who is hosting a reception for both candidates Saturday, will recommend one to the UH Board of Regents next week. The regents are expected to vote on May 17.

Jelinski, who earned her doctorate degree at UH-Manoa in 1976, is the president of Sunshine Consultants International, which specializes in academic research competitiveness, academic-driven economic development and academic administration. She was vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1998 to 2000, as well as graduate school dean and chemistry professor.

Englert has been at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand since 1998 and is the pro vice chancellor and dean of science, architecture and design at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Englert has worked with the UH-Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology through partnership between UH and Victoria, Costello said.

From 1995 to 1998, Englert was the general manager of nuclear sciences at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd. in New Zealand.

Unlike the other nine UH campuses, the flagship Manoa campus has not had its own leader since 1986, when the position was transferred to the UH system presidency. The positions were once again split in July when Dobelle became UH president and appointed Neubauer to fill the interim post.

Jelinski will give a presentation for the public from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Friday, followed by Englert from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Both presentations will be held in the Architecture Auditorium.

The search committee will accept feedback forms after each presentation. Both candidates' resumes will be posted on the UH Web site at with instructions on e-mailing comments.

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