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Regents to discuss Greenwood's job, Donovan's settlement

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 7:04 p.m. HST, Nov 1, 2012

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents scheduled a special meeting next week to continue its discussion on UH President M.R.C. Greenwood's employment and the university's settlement with former athletic director Jim Donovan.

Much of the Nov. 7 meeting will be in executive session because the topics involve personnel matters and consultation with UH attorneys.

But the regents have scheduled a public vote and discussion on Donovan's settlement agreement, which gave him a three-year appointment to a newly created marketing job in the UH Manoa Chancellor's Office at a salary of $211,200 a year for three years, while also paying $30,000 to his attorney, David Simons. In exchange, Donovan agreed not to sue the university.

State Sen. Donna Kim has said that the Attorney General's Office gave her an opinion saying the regents should have approved Donovan's appointment as a legal settlement.

During hearings last month, Kim sharply questioned regents' vice chairman James Lee about why the board did not approve Donovan's new job as a legal settlement, as required by board policy.

Instead, the board discussed Donovan's new position behind closed doors and issued a statement supporting the move. The statement also expressed support for Greenwood and UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple.

Donovan's reassignment came after Greenwood suspended Donovan and Stan Sheriff Center manager Rich Sheriff with pay following UH's loss of $200,000 in an apparent Stevie Wonder concert scam.

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