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UH to search nationally for new athletic director

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:47 p.m. HST, Aug 13, 2012

University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple said today the school will conduct a national search to find a successor for athletic director Jim Donovan.

Donovan was reassigned Sunday after being cleared of wrongdoing in the Stevie Wonder concert controversy.

UH vice president Rockne Freitas is the acting AD, but Apple said the school will likely hire a search firm to assist in selecting a permanent athletic director.

Apple said that Donovan is free to apply for the position if he chooses.

The chancellor said the school wants "someone who can take us to the next level."

Apple declined to say what Donovan's new title is.

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kailua000 wrote:
Search is done for EOE purposes. Freitas will slide right into the job and if not, it will be another nepotism slot being filled.
on August 13,2012 | 03:47PM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
why nationally. we got lot of local talent right here. why not rockne freitas. he deserves it. why bring another tom apple, who is fresh off the boat and doesnt even know the local ways.
on August 13,2012 | 05:02PM
zhawaii wrote:
He did nothing wrong but still lost his position?!?! This makes no sense at all. He has done a great job with our athletics program in probably the most turbulent times it has seen. Between coaching changes and conference realignment, he has put UH in the best realistically possible position.
on August 13,2012 | 03:47PM
BTO wrote:
I agree! Where are the compliance, accounting and assistant AD's. The process must have regulations and processes that not only protect any wrong doing but also protect the administrators from being exposed to this type of situation. Most local athletic club organizations managing $2,000.00 have to have some board motion and vote and two signatures required to releasing checks?
on August 13,2012 | 04:45PM
PCWarrior wrote:
He did nothing wrong but can't get his old job back? How stupid does UH think people are? He's being given a job for $200,000 plus for three years but they don't have a title for it yet? He can't get his old job back but he's free to apply for the ad job? What kind of nonsense is this? What a joke. And hey UH, what happened to the money? How did we get swindled and what have we done to insure this does not happen again?
on August 13,2012 | 04:54PM
looking4u wrote:
You all know as I do that this was a set up from the begging and Jim had to take the hit. And too think they (U of H) have the nerve to insult our intelligence
on August 13,2012 | 08:37PM
OldDiver wrote:
Someone mentioned on another blog that the higher ups did not listen to Jim Donovan's recommendations concerning the concert. Looks like this is not about saving Donovan, but about saving people on upper campus.
on August 13,2012 | 10:16PM
go4it wrote:
I heard that Herman Frazier has his application in the mail.
on August 13,2012 | 03:50PM
Oahuan wrote:
You mean back pocket.
on August 13,2012 | 04:53PM
turbolink wrote:
Perhaps former Chancellor Hinshaw could do it to justify her sabbatical compensation?
on August 13,2012 | 04:55PM
ski3779 wrote:
Jim Donovan's new title will be Goofer. The position of Goofer, carries with it a salary of 211K. Jim Donovan will be the highest paid Goofer, in the Nation. Would not be surprised if that search firm is headed by Tsutsui and Takai. Can we also say, that new AD will have a salary of 2M.
on August 13,2012 | 03:53PM
joewilly wrote:
Hire a new search firm!!!! Spend more money! How much did it cost to conduct this bogus investigation into the missing money? We still paying McMuffin, Hinshaw, now pay Donovan the rest of his contract, give him more money, and another job in the school?Spend more money on the new AD? This is crazy!!! All this, 3 DUI's and we haven't even played a game yet!!
on August 13,2012 | 03:57PM
gowarriors10 wrote:
Totally agree! This whole situation doesn't pass the smell test. I think we ought to do an investigation of the higher ups pockets. We may find the 200K :-O
on August 13,2012 | 07:57PM
dalawyer wrote:
What the heck is going on at Manoa? Why don't they advertise for a new chancellor at the same time! Why the hell would JD apply for his old job?
on August 13,2012 | 03:59PM
dalawyer wrote:
Rotten Apple's are falling on the ground at UH
on August 13,2012 | 04:03PM
protector wrote:
What happened to the last LIST of nominees from which Donovan was chosen?? Pick #2 on THAT list! How hard is that? Why 're-invent the wheel' when it already exists? Why go through another "national" search?? These characters just love wasting more time...
on August 13,2012 | 04:12PM
kailua000 wrote:
State university. Have to follow certain laws one which is advertising the position. So UH will waste 10sof thousands conducting bogus interviews. Paying for air, hotels and meals for candidates, then hire Rockne for da job anyway.
on August 13,2012 | 09:03PM
usahwn wrote:
Looking for new AD to take us to the next level down . What double talk is there if he has been cleared of wrong doing but he can apply for the job ?
on August 13,2012 | 04:12PM
Hilofrank wrote:
You have to admire how UH defines "accountability." If not criminal, then incompetent. So instead of reinstating him and letting his contract expire, they give him 3 more years, at a very high salary out of thin air. You have to appreciate living in a State where no one is held accountable for anything! Uhh, if I don't pay my state taxes, due to my incompetence, do you think I will get to skate too? I hope so.
on August 13,2012 | 04:13PM
CriticalReader wrote:
UH needs to consider a Female Athletic Director.
on August 13,2012 | 04:17PM
false wrote:
While we're at it, let's advertise for a new UH chancellor and new UH president. Way to go Tom! Screwed up on your first assignment. Back to "bonehead 101".
on August 13,2012 | 05:16PM
yoboseo wrote:
UofH, an institution of higher learning? What a joke!! Unfortunately, the only ones LOL are the ones with the big paychecks.
on August 13,2012 | 06:37PM
casper400 wrote:
Its called "hush money folks....a nice 3 year contract yet you can't say anything ........Jim Donovan obviously knows who knew about this and who did not - accounting office, legal office- and possibly Ms Greenwood .....who stated on TV she did not know about- please STAR ADVERTISER- do your job and investigate this cover up..........and WHERE ARE THE BOARD OF REGENTS who are ultimately responsible for the way this University runs.......has anybody tallied up the costs since Greenwood took office- these are just fact and what was reported in the Star Advertiser , not a with hunt- is anybody counting ......created a media departmebt with salaries of $500,000 total, added a chancellor- $450,000, lost $200,000 promo, spent another 300,000 on an internal investigation , now edd a new position of $200,000 a year for 3 years-total $600,000 - subsidizing the presidents house for $100,000 a year , a national search of an AD- another 100,000.- when it is senseless- you have 2 ADS already Donovan and Freitas ........- total- 1.8 million in unnecessary expense since Greenwood came aboard ....and that is only the items the public knows about- and this is OK with the Board of Regents?????? Com'mon ladies and gentlemen- how can you even ask the citizens of Hawaii and businesses to support this University with this kind of leadership. - do you care Board of Regents- seriously do you care about the people of Hawaii and the students at the university or do you folks just want the paycheck and the benefits of being a state employee - is that what being a part of the Board is all about for your folks- lifetime heathcare and a salary ????/ Ms Mataoshi - a recent appointee is and a true leader of the Red Cross over the last 10 years has the ability to lead. Please Ms Mataoshi - dare to be different - and lead and challenge the lack of caring by the current Board of Regents. Where is Marjorie Bronster when we need her. ? Please Governor Abercrombie- challenge this Board to step up to the plate and lead . For those of you who donated to the Foundation - hold your money back until there is accountability here .........I am going to.
on August 13,2012 | 07:02PM
808warriorfan wrote:
"Take us to the next level".....with all the political BS you have to put up w/ who in there right mind would want that job.....
on August 13,2012 | 07:06PM
Descartes22 wrote:
AD openings at D-1 schools are few and far between. There are top notch former AD's, current mid-major AD's, and BCS conference assistant AD's who would all bring big time qualities to the job. Let's hope we don't go down the road of overmatched local yokels (Yoshida and Donovan) or politically correct hires (Frazier by Dumbelle). UH has not gotten it right with a top tier AD since Sheriff. An unrigged and unbiased search should secure a real deal AD.
on August 13,2012 | 07:11PM
kailua000 wrote:
Nothing in Hawaii is unrigged and/or unbiased
on August 13,2012 | 09:04PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Didn't a national search turn up Herman Frazier?
on August 13,2012 | 09:54PM
sukebesan wrote:
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on August 13,2012 | 07:20PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Why are you throwing your negativity on the student athletes and wishing them ill will. That is not pono. What you throw out will come back.
on August 13,2012 | 09:49PM
cliffn wrote:
Chancellor Tom Apple has gotten a quick lesson about how things are done at UH: behind the scenes by power brokers. And the chancellor gets the job of selling the bill of goods to the public.
on August 13,2012 | 07:47PM
PCWarrior wrote:
If Apple thinks anyone is buying the BS he is dishing, he gotta think he is The Great White Man and we are the dumb local yokels.
on August 13,2012 | 08:07PM
kailua000 wrote:
Now it's racial. Stupid
on August 13,2012 | 09:05PM
SOLID3 wrote:
University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple said today, "Donovan is free to apply for the position if he chooses" What kind of BS is that? If Donovan was cleared of all wrong doing why is he not reinstated as AD. I think UH is making a big mistake by not keeping him. This incident could have happened to the best AD in the country and the legal team which saw the contract for the concert. Jim was just trusting the pro's who should haved known. God Bless
on August 13,2012 | 08:52PM
false wrote:
say it isn't so. The UH will spend at least $100k on this search. We'll lure some unsuspecting AD who has been released from some second-tier school for performance issues, and the Regents will vote to award him more than Donovan was making because that's the going rate in Arkansas or wherever. Donovan was doing a good job and got tricked in the Stevie Wonder scam. MRC and Hinshaw should be falling on their swords beside him instead of standing silently in the shadows letting Tom Apple front the five-spiral crash that is Donovan's reassignment. Why would anyone want to support a school that's run by such lightweights?
on August 13,2012 | 09:05PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Why? Freitas is here and you can't find a better candidate. Sounds like a waste of money. Money that the university does not seem to mind spending.
on August 13,2012 | 09:50PM
skinut wrote:
Seems like things just keep getting worse at UH since they began bringing in outside "talent" to head the school. For sure, the bad situation has accelerated with Hinshaw and Greenwood. Then they bring in Apple at a huge salary with the only justification being Greenwood saying he's worth it. Now this, with a new position being created for Donovan, which is obviously a pay off to keep his mouth shut. The whole situation smells like week-old fish and bears investigating. Seems like our outside talent has created a country club retirement plan for themselves and their friends. In the meantime we get stuck with the bill and students keep paying higher tuitions. ENOUGH!! The governor needs to sic Marion Higa on them.
on August 13,2012 | 10:31PM
nitpikker wrote:
theres a higher level than Div. I in NCAA??? maybe he means "another level", like back to Div. II !!!!
on September 30,2012 | 06:25AM
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