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Senate panel wants to hear from Greenwood, Donovan, head regent

By Star-Advertiser staff


The state Senate panel charged with investigating the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco will ask University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, former athletic director Jim Donovan, and the chairman of the UH Board of Regents to appear at its Sept. 24 hearing, it was announced today.

"The Committee on Accountability looks forward to following up with the Board of Regents as to their role in the overall operations of the University of Hawaii System," Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, chairwoman of the Special Committee on Accountability, said in a statement. "We also look forward to hearing how we arrived to the situation the university is in today," she said.

"Eric Martinson, chair of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents; M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president; Jim Donovan, former University of Hawaii athletics director and representatives from Cades Schutte law firm, 'fact finders' into the failed concert to raise money for UH Manoa Athletics department, are expected to go before the committee," the statement said.

In response to Wednesday's announcement that the hearing had been scheduled for Sept. 24, the regents later in the day announced plans to form their own advisory task force to evaluate "the university's operational and financial controls and oversight practices."

Kim responded today by saying, "While we appreciate the Board of Regents' efforts in finally exercising its oversight responsibilities to address system-wide concerns affecting the management and finances of the university, we will be addressing accountability and transparency issues during the briefing, which does not seem to be scope of the Task Group. We trust the University and the Board of Regents will cooperate with the Committee to restore the public's trust and confidence in the State's only public institution of higher learning."

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gsc wrote:
Dear Senate Panel, Please be fair and firm . These guys are spending money foolishly, and It's taxpayers money..............
on September 6,2012 | 03:26PM
allie wrote:
I hope that the Legislature can get to the bottom of what ahppened. mainly, we need new leadership up here. We students are suffering.
on September 6,2012 | 03:56PM
rhs763 wrote:
Isn't Greenwoods' actions (or lack thereof) in the concert fiasco and subsequent loss of funds be enough to rescind her contract - she is the head of the entity that is responsible for the money loss. And the regents are also responsible for allowing the university to operate out of control. Cut out the bloated Chancellor's office, the overpaid Media Department, the underperforming legal department and trim the fat from the Athletic department. Perhaps then, the State of Hawaii can provide education at a reasonable cost.
on September 6,2012 | 05:41PM
Loki wrote:
Nothing will happen. They'll act mad for a day and still no accountability will happen.
on September 6,2012 | 06:10PM
rnjkkd wrote:
Let me understand this---The board of Regents have extended President Greenwood's term through 2015. Doesn't she have responsibility with others regarding the Stevie Wonder concert? She has been other then accountable for her position.
on September 6,2012 | 07:17PM
Papakolea wrote:
Ask these 4 questions. 1) What are the existing protocols to issue a $200,000 expenditure via wire; 2) who breached the protocols; 3) what disciplinary actions are going to be taken; and 4) how do we ensure that there are no future breaches of the protocols? It really is that simple.
on September 6,2012 | 07:32PM
Papakolea wrote:
...and I think they should also want to talk to Hinshaw.
on September 6,2012 | 07:33PM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Fire the rascals!
on September 6,2012 | 07:54PM
alaskaguy wrote:
Give'em hell. Hold them accountable. Appoint a new Board of Regents.
on September 6,2012 | 09:21PM
Malani wrote:
I always wondered if Donovan was let go what beans would he have let out of the pod about Greewood and the scam. So why should Greenwood give an accountibiltiy when she knows if she is let go, or stays, she'll collect a big fat paycheck. If no one is brave to let her go now, and if she so much as do one good deed they will continue to employ her with a payraise. So who is the dumb one?
on November 5,2012 | 07:08AM
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