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Inouye sends regents letter of support for UH president

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 09:11 p.m. HST, Nov 07, 2012

Hawaii's senior senator is expressing support for embattled University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood.

In a Nov. 6 letter to the secretary of the Board of Regents, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said he was "saddened" and "deeply worried"  over the negative news surrounding his alma mater, the University of Hawaii.

Inouye said his efforts to obtain funding for UH have been "particularly successful under President Greenwood's leadership." He cited initiatives in astronomy, oceans, biosciences, informatics, innovation and disaster reduction in the Asia-Pacific region.

In regards to the failed Stevie Wonder concert, Inouye said "No doubt there were serious failures in the internal checks and balances of the university system which must be corrected to ensure such an embarrassing episode is not repeated.

"Unfortunately, harsh comments were made in frustration and anger that cannot be easily taken back. All parties bear some responsibility for ratcheting up the rhetoric. I most respectfully suggest that the parties put their arrows back into their respective quivers."

The Board of Regents is meeting behind closed doors this afternoon to discuss Greenwood's employment contract and the legal settlement that led to former athletic director Jim Donovan being reassigned to a newly created marketing job in the UH Manoa Chancellor's office. The job pays $211,200 a year for three years.

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.

The board is scheduled to hold a public discussion and vote on the settlement. They could also reach a decision on the future of Greenwood's employment at UH. Greenwood's contract sets her salary at $475,000 a year, plus a housing allowance and other benefits.

Inouye urged the regents to consider the consequences of ending Greenwood's contract.

"Time is needed to mend the fences and to begin to restore a measure of trust, and a working path forward," Inouye said. "I would urge you to balance the costs, both financial and reputational, that would come with an abrupt change in leadership."

U.S. Sen. Inouye's letter to UH regents

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pridon wrote:
Noe of his business.
on November 7,2012 | 04:08PM
fairgame947 wrote:
on November 7,2012 | 07:35PM
admiral wrote:
Wow! Talk about political interference in UH's supposedly "autonomous" status and independent decision-making! The godfather himself is telling the Regents what to do. Yesterday's elections were an exercise in democracy. Today Dan Inouye gives us a lesson in old fashioned autocracy.
on November 7,2012 | 04:13PM
kaamio wrote:
I agree. None of his business. BUTT out!!!!!!!!!! If Inouye loves Greenwood so much,he should hire her, pay her from his personal funds & make her send her to the North Pole to study global warming.
on November 7,2012 | 04:32PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on November 7,2012 | 07:25PM
honopic wrote:
Your comment about Asian women is racist and sexist and has no place in a serious discussion about the problems with the UH administration. The fact that Senator Inouye's second wife is 24 years younger has no bearing on any of this fiasco. When his first wife died, was he supposed to live the rest of his life alone, in your little mind? Disgusted? More like disgusting.
on November 8,2012 | 08:39AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Dan Inouye is so old he's become pathetic. The guy has ridden his war record and medal of honor way past the limit. Unfortunately for Hawaii, the guy will expire at his desk. What a taker Dan has turned-out to be. Senator Inouye, you overstayed your welcome by about 35 years. Instead of looking back with respect, younger generations will look at your tenure as one of narcissism and greed.
on November 7,2012 | 05:18PM
awahana wrote:
Total agreement. He needs to go.
on November 7,2012 | 07:50PM
MakaniKai wrote:
touché peanutgallery! No Aku birds, please. Aloha
on November 8,2012 | 06:42AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Is anyone really surprised?
on November 7,2012 | 05:25PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I am surprised his office does not have a stock photo they can send for press articles.
on November 7,2012 | 05:57PM
usahwn wrote:
The God has spoken. Kneel down and obey you mortal regents or suffer the wrath like cayetano and case .
on November 7,2012 | 05:27PM
hon2255 wrote:
Bring back president Mortimer! He got the job done. ! without. A chancellor!
on November 7,2012 | 05:42PM
Kaneohe5 wrote:
Thats no way to talk about daddy. Where's his 3 daughters? Mazie, coleen , and tusi
on November 7,2012 | 05:42PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well now, that should put that noisy little Donna Kim in her place.

Say, Dan, how come you never said nothing about those PRP ads?

on November 7,2012 | 05:55PM
usahwn wrote:
He sponsored those.
on November 7,2012 | 06:03PM
serious wrote:
What he should be doing is sponsoring a bill to exempt Hawaii from the Jones Act. We sent him to the senate to look over our interests. UH has their own rules and enforcement--leave them alone we have our own checks and balances within the state!!!!
on November 8,2012 | 05:09AM
MakaniKai wrote:
serious, dis guy has no bounderies! His is the Emperor and he will nevah waive the Jones act. He is in D.C. for himself and has been. As stated in a post above his war record follows him like a puppy and is past it's limit. To put it in perpective, my Mom was two years old at the time. She is now retired at seventy-two and a great grandmother. Aloha.
on November 8,2012 | 06:48AM
johnd wrote:
I It would be a service by the SA if they would reveal the actual auther of the supportive letter ascribed from the senile Sen Dan Inouye (pronounced "In No Way"). As a former speech and letter writer for my bosses in thr federal government, I can assure you that very few, if any, documents or speeches originate with the person making the speech or signing the document. Also this supposed letter from Sen Dan is dated Nov 6, election day....a day when he was heavely involved in the political process. Also note the signature is simply "Dan". I submit this letter did mot originate with Sen Dan, but most likely from the office most interested in protecting the status of the UH President and presented to Sen Dan in one of his many weak moments. s dan
on November 7,2012 | 07:48PM
Venus1 wrote:
He may be concerned about Hawaii !!!!!!
on November 7,2012 | 08:35PM
stevelaudig wrote:
When was the last time Inouye was on the correct, ethical, side of an issue? He's an old fixer and a serial groper. The Strom Thurmond of Hawaii's delegation. His freshness date expired in the last century.
on November 7,2012 | 10:12PM
ShibaiDakine wrote:
Another piece of the puzzle as to who, what, where, when, how the "Wonder Blunder" unfolded and why both Greenwood and Donovan initially got and continue to retain their jobs. What makes this matter worse is that the majority of voters in Hawaii are content with the status quo. Go figure.
on November 8,2012 | 12:27AM
Nevadan wrote:
Aloha Daniel Ino­uye. How about our UH students? The struggle gets tougher every year. There is so much waste in the UH administration. The sufferings don't seem to matter to you.
on November 8,2012 | 01:20AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Nevadan he is not concerned with the students. They can do nothing for him therefore HeNokea! Aloha.
on November 8,2012 | 06:53AM
Nevadan wrote:
Aloha senator. For decades you have been out of touch with the people you represent. The best thing you can do for our state is to resign and give some one who cares a chance.
on November 8,2012 | 04:18PM
clum56 wrote:
Senator Inouye should not get involved with this situation. It is not for the good of the state.
on November 8,2012 | 03:42AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Inouye is basically saying: I don't care how badly Greenwood screwed up, don't fire her, because that would cost money; and don't talk stink about her because that would make the university look bad. If we followed the Godfather's demand when Dobelle was president, Dobelle would still be president.
on November 8,2012 | 05:20AM
nitpikker wrote:
seems like inouye is saying hes not looking ahead to getting re-elected for another term! greenwood came in under a cloud and with her contract demands she simply added to the veil of unsavoryness.
on November 8,2012 | 05:26AM
ejkorvette wrote:
Aloha Uncle, nice show of support. Your check is in the mail. Actually your 2 checks are in the mail. First one from the Wonder Blunder, then your normal kickback. Hawaii residents that are tired of getting: Hoodwinked, Bamboozeled, you know how to effect change. The sooner the better.
on November 8,2012 | 06:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Now with his flunkies in office, Dan thinks he's back in charge again. Wait until his turn comes up -- BACHI on you oh danny boy...uh I mean grandpa...
on November 8,2012 | 07:33AM
palolo wrote:
People are quick to forget all the great things the Senator has done for our State. I remember once people on the mainland made fun of his pork barrel funding of the Hokuleia. To us it isn't a waste, stupid nor funny. The Senator was one of the few who supported pork barrel and said how much good it could do. Sadly nobody listened and I believe there are no pork barrels anymore to help Hawaii with its special projects. However, in this case, IMHO, he should stay out of this mess. Liars don't deserve your support, Senator.
on November 8,2012 | 08:00AM
hikine wrote:
Greewood oversees the whole UH system so she must've know about the concert and approve the monies for the go ahead. She fired Donovan and Sheriff trying to make them look bad but the blame comes down to her. I didn't know UH was well verse in entertainment contracts! NOT! Inouye stickin' his nose into it... I don't get it!
on November 8,2012 | 01:01PM
Nevadan wrote:
She was paid to know. It was her job. Pleading ignorance is a cheap cop-out.
on November 8,2012 | 04:31PM
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