05/14/2014 01:45 pm ET Updated May 14, 2014

Frank Wiercinski Vies For University Of Hawaii Presidency

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Francis “Frank” Wiercinski has traveled the world, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Panama and Japan. The retired Army general has overseen thousands of soldiers and developed military strategy, assimilated countless cultures across the Asia-Pacific region and used that insight to help develop foreign policy and mediate crises.

But it was Hawaii that, 34 years ago, stole his heart. And Wiercinski, a 57-year-old Pennsylvania native, says he doesn't plan on ever leaving — whether or not he becomes president of the University of Hawaii.

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