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Hawai’i CC Chancellor Search Narrows to Four

March 24, 2016, 11:17 AM HST
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From left to right, top to bottom: Larry Buckley, Micheal Glisson, Anthony Muroe, and Rachel Solemsaas. Hawai'i Community College courtesy photos.

From left to right, top to bottom: Larry Buckley, Micheal Glisson, Anthony Munroe, and Rachel Solemsaas. Hawai’i Community College courtesy photos.

Four finalists for the Hawai’i Community College’s chancellor position have been identified by the Hawai’i CC Chancellor Search Advisory Committee.

Larry Buckley, Micheal Glisson, Anthony Munroe, and Rachel Solemsaas are the final four selections.

Each of the chancellor candidates will go through a final round of interviews.

On Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30, candidates will be available to the public at open forums hosted at Hawai’i CC’s Manono campus in Hilo and Hawai’i CC – Pālamanui campus in Kona, respectively.

Buckley is the president of Canada College in California. He has served in various roles in California, including as interim president and vice president of instruction at San Bernardino Valley College, vice president of instruction at Fullerton College, dean of visual, performing, & communication arts at Chaffey College, and dean of instruction at Lake Tahoe Community College.


In addition, Buckley taught for 14 years at Leeward, Windward, and Kapi’olani Community Colleges, as well as the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, UH West Oahu, and California’s Feather River College. He earned baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees in history from UH Manoa.


Glisson is the vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and previously was the vice chancellor of academic affairs at South Louisiana Community College. In addition, he served as the dean of allied health and nursing at Gateway Community College in Arizona and interim dean of health sciences and department chair of radiologic technology at Massachusetts Bay Community College.

During his 32 years within the field of higher education, Glisson has been a faculty member and administrator at two and four-year institutions, domestically and internationally.

Glisson has a doctor of philosophy in epidemiology, preventative medicine, and medical physics, as well as a master’s of applied science in physics from Monash University in Victoria, Australia. He received a diploma of applied science in medical radiography from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Victoria, Australia.


Munroe is the President and Chief Executive Office of Munroe Management Group, LLC in Illinois. Recently, he held the position of president of Malcolm X College in Illinois. Munroe has also served as associate vice president for health systems affairs and associate dean for clinical network operations at Ross University in New Jersey.

Over his 30 year career in healthcare administration and higher education, Munroe also served as president and service area leader for three hospitals in Michigan and Illinois.

Munroe holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in health education and a master’s degree in public health, health policy, and management, both from Columbia University. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University.

Solemsaas is the current vice president for finance and administrative services at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada. She previously served as vice president for administrative services at Bellevue College and vice president for finance and operations at Edmonds Community College. Both schools are in Washington.

Along with 25 years of public service experience, including 12 years at community colleges, Solemsaas has also served as chief financial officer, finance director, and principal accountant in Washington.

Solemsaas holds a doctorate of education in higher education with emphasis on community college leadership from Washington State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from De La Salle University in Manila.

Below are the Open Forum Schedules:

  • Tuesday, March 29, Hawai‘i Community College – Manono Campus, Bldg. 379, Kāneikeao Room
    • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Larry Buckley
    • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. – Micheal Glisson
    • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Anthony Munroe
    • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. – Rachel Solemsaas
  • Wednesday, March 30, Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui Campus, B-125
    • 9 to 10 a.m. – Larry Buckley
    • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. – Micheal Glisson
    • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Anthony Munroe
    • 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. – Rachel Solemsaas

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