No long-term contract for next UH president

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii will not be locked into a long-term contract with its next president.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the issue Monday, during a meeting to decide who the next president will be.

Interim President David Lassner and retired Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski are vying for the job that comes with a $375,000 annual salary.

University spokeswoman Lynne Waters tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the new president will not have a defined contract that past presidents have had. She says the contract will be continuous and "at-will."

Observers say that will allow the university to avoid costly contract buyouts. Former regents chairwoman Kitty Lagareta says a set contract creates a difficult situation when things don't work out between the university and the president.

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