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UH posts call for applications for athletic director position

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:20 p.m. HST, Sep 12, 2012

The University of Hawaii-Manoa has begun soliciting applications for a permanent athletic director.

The opening, which invites applications "for best consideration" by Sept. 28, was posted on the school's website today.

It does not list a salary.

Former athletic director Jim Donovan's contract listed an annual salary of $240,000.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree, three years of athletic administration experience, demonstrated fiscal integrity and expertise.

Rockne Freitas has been acting athletic director since July 11 and has so far said he will not apply.

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HollyJHuber wrote:
Where else would "a bachelor's degree and three years experience" warrant a salary of $240,000? The people running UH are certifiably insane.
on September 12,2012 | 03:27PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Where John McNamara has been an associate AD for years.
on September 12,2012 | 04:00PM
star08 wrote:
maybe where donovan/freitas is pulling the strings behind the scene?
on September 12,2012 | 04:12PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Most anywhere else on campus those qualification would likely start at $24K. What was McMackin's salary? $1.1 million? I'd say it's time for some heads to roll at UH, starting with those at the very top.
on September 12,2012 | 03:31PM
nitpikker wrote:
watch all the "friends" of UH admin. and BOR come crawling out!!
on September 12,2012 | 03:47PM
CriticalReader wrote:
The qualifications could apply to just about the entire current UH athletic's staff, including a graduate 2 years out of school who had a one year internship during school. With these sorts of things, it's often helpful to look at circles of contact/friendship/affiliations, and then figure out who ONLY has the job requisites. What is Takai's educational background?
on September 12,2012 | 03:47PM
ski3779 wrote:
Shot, some of the secretaries in the Athletic Department have the minimum requirements to become the Athletic Director. What in the world is the Upper Campus thinking anyway. Sounds to me, with these minimum requirements, they are trying to push someone into the post already, and it is not Rockne Freitas. You would think the minimum requirements would at least be a Master Degree, in Administration, or something close to that, along with 10 years High Level Athletic Administration, along with the other 2 requirements.
on September 12,2012 | 04:03PM
Descartes22 wrote:
The skimpy 3 years athletic administration experience threshold means that it very well may be Rockne - the preordained subject of the junior high school like petition circulated by the committee's chair. But it is not just the laughably minimal years of experience required, there is no requirement that the experience be in COLLEGIATE athletic administration. High school AD's or executive administrators are not qualified to run a D1 athletic program.
on September 12,2012 | 04:55PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Freitas has a masters and a phd. McNamara only has a bachelors.
on September 12,2012 | 05:07PM
Descartes22 wrote:
A degree from the Hickam adjunct program are as significant as the University of Phoenix.
on September 12,2012 | 08:50PM
Descartes22 wrote:
"is" not are. unsure where the other one came from. But there's certainly an ignominious educational career with Bishop Estate.
on September 12,2012 | 08:55PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Freitas has a doctorate from UH. Don't know if he earned it, but he's got it.
on September 12,2012 | 11:56PM
csdhawaii wrote:
If you look at the full job description on the hawaii.edu website, it says three (3) years of athletic administrative experience at the collegiate level or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
on September 12,2012 | 11:55PM
turbolink wrote:
Most likely this is a CYA posting. UH already knows who it wants or will let a well paid head hunter find the real candidates. Apparently they've been reading our comments on competitive posts. This fills that square.
on September 12,2012 | 04:22PM
csdhawaii wrote:
They're basically giving applicants one week to apply...that's kind of a joke, don'tcha think? They still think we're stoopid.
on September 12,2012 | 11:57PM
mbrgss wrote:
What about Donovan's new position? that has to be opened up for appications! not just handed to him!!!!this is a state job!
on September 12,2012 | 04:24PM
Oahuan wrote:
That's right UH, aim low. Disgusting.
on September 12,2012 | 04:37PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Those in the collegiate athletic administration business (and Freitas is not one of them) are already cognizant of the UH AD opening, so the applications should be fairly instantaneous. The September 28 "for best consideration" soft deadline is ridiculous - impose a hard deadline, so we don't get the typical shenanigans or delay things further. Annual openings for AD posts are sparse. Ideally, UH will receive highly qualified, successful, nationally respected candidates. Decision-makers in this selection process should already possess the knowledge and competence to be familiar with and alert to the accomplishments and reputations of the top AD applicants. If they have to ask "Who's that guy (or gal)? then they either should not be on the committee or the applicant should not be hired. It should not take weeks to read CV's. Interview the top 5 and hire the best quickly. This is not a long and drawn out process at other institutions.
on September 12,2012 | 04:38PM
turbolink wrote:
Any credible candidate that reads the recent news articles on UH and th AD position should be wary from the start. That said, all those who are confident in UH leadership's ability to find a strong candidate and hire that individual at a reasonable compensation relative to expected duties, raise your hand.
on September 12,2012 | 04:52PM
HOSSANA wrote:
UH-MANOA is the only school that takes forever in filling any vacancy be it Head Coach or A.D. or whatever.....so much politics and micro-managing....look at UCONN.....the H.C. announces his retiremnt and that very same time, the school announces a successor....all the BIG TIME schools don't take more than a week in the hiring process but UH-MANOA always takes forever....Apple says it will be expeditious in selecting a new A.D. and then he informs all the coaches that it won't be till January before the selection is made.....can you imagine that.....makes me sick......I hope the Senate does a thorough investigation and doesn't whitewash anything in the WONDERGATE, also......
on September 12,2012 | 05:18PM
paintslinger wrote:
Its become clear that the upper campus can't make a decision before it looks both ways to make sure any fallout doesn't get on them. Sad.
on September 12,2012 | 05:55PM
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