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Donovan agreed not to sue UH in exchange for new job

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Aug 23, 2012

Links to UH documents

Aug. 11 UH Memo to Jim Donovan

Factfinders' report of Stevie Wonder Concert

July 16 letter from Donovan's lawyer

Letter of support from legislators



In exchange for his new, yet-to-be-titled job with the University of Hawaii, former athletic director Jim Donovan has agreed not to sue the school and its officials, according a copy of an agreement released to the Star-Advertiser.

Donovan was reassigned to the Manoa Chancellor's office Aug. 11, ending a paid indefinite administrative leave that began July 11 in the wake of the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco.

Donovan's five-year contract as AD, which pays about $240,000, expires March 23. At that point, the agreement said, he will begin a new three-year appointment in a new position paying $211,200 per year.

In addition, UH agreed to pay Donovan's attorney, David Simons, $30,000 "in payment of attorney's fees incurred in connection with the investigation and related matters."

"In exchange," the agreement states, "you agree to and do fully and completely release and hold hold harmless, the University of Hawaii and all present or past regents, officers, agents, attorneys, predecessors, successors, parents, subsidaries, divisions and any affiliated entities of the University of Hawaii, including all campuses in the University of Hawaii system, from any and all past and present claims or causes of action of any kind that you have or may have related to your employment with the university including any and all claims relating in any way to the Stevie Wonder concert, your leave and the investigation of that matter. You agree that you have not filed and will not file any form of charge, claim or complaint against the university involving any matter occurring on or prior to the effective date of this memorandum..."

UH memo to Jim Donovan



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