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Final UOG presidential candidates meets with stakeholders

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 4:29 PM Updated:

The last candidate to visit UOG travels to Guam from Montana. Chosen after a controversial candidate steps out of the race, Dr. Ronald Larsen shares his ideas with UOG stakeholders.

The search for the next UOG President is nearing an end. Dr. Ron Larsen is the last of four candidates to visit the Mangilao campus. Currently the Vice Provost at Montana State University in Boseman, he said, "They tend to describe me as a calming influence and as a listener. You're not going to get drama I want to see movement towards a goal."

He believes in gradual change - a main issue in his view, guaranteeing funding for the University. "I think the University's challenge is going to bring all the possibilities to bear so one is to work really closely with legislature and governor and try to sustain the funding is already coming making sure it arrives, but also look at all other sources," he said.

Like some of the other candidates, it's his first visit to Guam but he says he has the desire to fill the criteria that the next UOG President should have substantial knowledge of Guam's culture and people. "In my own personal experience I have a desire to know about other cultures than my own, my experience has been with native American cultures in Montana, but I actually looking forward to learn a lot about the Chamorro culture," he said, adding dding that UOG is a unique university in its role to develop Guam.

Sharing his vision, he noted, "My vision for the university is not particularly relevant it's finding out what the shared vision is of the faculty, the staff, and the students and the nation of Guam."

Now that all four have made their visit to UOG, the Board will be making a decision in the near future.

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