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Advisory group recommends UH regent nominees to Abercrombie

By Star-Advertiser staff


An advisory council has recommended two new nominees for Gov. Neil Abercrombie to fill vacancies on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Gregory Chun, vice president of Kamehameha Schools, and Barry Mizuno, an energy consultant and former managing director of Hawaii County, were recommended.

In April, the state Senate Education Committee rejected two of Abercrombie's Hawaii County nominees to the board. Abercrombie withdrew the nominations rather than subject the nominees to full Senate votes.

State Sen. Jill Tokuda (D, Kaneohe-Kailua), the committee's chairman, at the time criticized the advisory council's screening process. She suggested lawmakers may make changes next session.

An Abercrombie spokeswoman said the selection process was "clearly not working."

Voters approved a constitutional amendment supporting an advisory council to screen regents and state lawmakers established the council. Former Gov. Linda Lingle resisted but was eventually ordered by the state Supreme Court to chose nominees from lists recommended by the advisory council.

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