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UH regents' administrator leaving for the private sector

By Star Advertiser staff


The administrator for the University of Hawaii Board of Regents is stepping down to take a position in the private sector, the UH announced tonight.

Keith Amemiya, the regents’ executive administrator and secretary since March 2010, is leaving to become a senior vice president at Island Holdings Inc., parent company of Island Insurance, Atlas Insurance, Tradewind Capital, and other businesses. His last day with the regents will be Nov. 30.

 Amemiya has served as a liaison between the regents and University leadership, managed the board’s staff, and scheduled board meetings, the UH said.

 The board has started the recruitment process to replace Amemiya.

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saywhatyouthink wrote:
I didn't even know there was such a position or that regents had a staff of any kind beyond UH staffers. No doubt another "do nothing" patronage position we can do without. These people are experts at spending taxpayer money foolishly. Abercrombie continues to do nothing with regard to UH or the DOE, which accounts for 55% of all state spending. It's just outrageous!
on November 1,2012 | 07:00PM
false wrote:
Do you think Abercrombies failures with regards to the UH are because his wife works there?
on November 1,2012 | 07:06PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
saywhatyouthink, you obviously know nothing of how university governance is structured or of the man the regents have lost.
on November 1,2012 | 10:59PM
csdhawaii wrote:
I beg to differ. Amemiya's position is the very one that should have been helping to guide the Regents in their policies, but he knew no more of the BOR policies than a stick figure. He was the blind leading the blind. That guy had such an easy job (although it shouldn't have been an easy job, but no one called him for not knowing what the heck he was supposed to do). He got off Scot-free in this whole debacle.
on November 2,2012 | 09:54AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Who wants to bet Island insurance provides all required insurance for UH.
on November 1,2012 | 07:03PM
Venus1 wrote:
Someone check !!!!
on November 2,2012 | 07:18AM
false wrote:
Keith Amemiya looks around, doesn't like what he sees, finds a way out. Makes sense.
on November 1,2012 | 08:18PM
hon2255 wrote:
Who'd want to work for idiots like Greenwood and Apple both k Lie and double talk.
on November 1,2012 | 08:56PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Amemiya didn't work for them; he worked for the regents, as does Greenwood; Apple works for her.
on November 1,2012 | 11:00PM
kaupena wrote:
BAIL before more DIRT gets kicked up...
on November 2,2012 | 12:10AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Better to get out now, than after all the Regents resign.
on November 2,2012 | 06:33AM
hawnpunch wrote:
Smart to get out.
on November 1,2012 | 10:53PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
I can't say as I blame Amemiya. He demonstrated innovation and leadership while heading HHSAA, and put alot of his own money into Div II and girls sports championships to prove it could work. The Regents were lucky to get him and have squandetred the value of his services. *HE* should be a regent, not some of the yahoos they've got there.
on November 1,2012 | 10:58PM
Anonymous wrote:
One of the few competent and valuable people we have, and the government is losing them to the private sector. This is a case where we need to pay high salaries to keep them. Unfortunately, we place some of them in high salaried positions in the first place, and they have no incentive. He could probably replace Greenwood and Apple, at cost of 1/10 we are currently paying. Search firms need to look locally.
on November 2,2012 | 06:17AM
tiki886 wrote:
The BORs aren't paid any salary. They work for free.
on November 2,2012 | 08:28AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
I'd leave too if I held a postition where I might be thought of as being a part of the errant Regents decisions. Good on you Keith.
on November 2,2012 | 06:32AM
tiki886 wrote:
It was an unpaid position to begin with and if your reputation is at stake, why bother.
on November 2,2012 | 08:30AM
csdhawaii wrote:
No, Amemiya was not a Regent; Amemiya was a University employee. Executive Secretary to the BOR. He was paid an annual salary of $180K.
on November 2,2012 | 11:40AM
Bdpapa wrote:
He won't be the only one, expect more exits.
on November 2,2012 | 06:48AM
nitpikker wrote:
i'm waiting for the BOR to announce the hiring of a mainland firm to conduct a search for a replacement!!!
on November 2,2012 | 06:50AM
Sunny wrote:
They don't need to, Abercrombie already has a short list to choose from. If those on the short list decline, he will go to his long list.
on November 2,2012 | 10:54AM
dalawyer wrote:
Amemiya bailing on the Regents! Nice. Getting out early just in case your name comes up in the muddied investigation. Weren't you providing some of the legal advice for UH? Get that job now before it gets hard to come by!
on November 2,2012 | 07:51AM
csdhawaii wrote:
on November 2,2012 | 09:57AM
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